Our new HECA plan identifies the depth of issues around fuel poverty and existing actions which the Council and its partners have participated in. Due to a number of policy factors the optimum metric for measuring fuel poverty is the number of properties with a Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) score of 35 and below.
SAP is a measure of the energy efficiency of a property on a scale from 1-100 and anything below 35 is considered to be a near certainly that the property is locked in fuel poverty.
From our 2010 baseline data we calculate there to be 6,315 properties with SAP of 35 or less across Sefton.
Tackling fuel poverty is an immediate priority for action nationally and locally. The Government have set clear targets for housing energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy production and fuel poverty.
We have applied the Green Deal methodology in our new HECA Plan to identify opportunities for all tenures of Seftons’ housing stock to inform fuel poverty programmes and ECO schemes. Our comprehensive Sefton stock energy database has allowed us to identify the Green Deal potential for the whole borough. This analysis suggests that there are:
- 542,870 potential energy improvements available (an average over 5 improvements per home)
- This equates to £1.56 billion in investment terms
- This would equate to a 35% reduction in CO2 arising from household energy use
To set ambitious, yet achievable priorities to 2027 our HECA Plan proposes that if 2% of that potential activity was captured (per annum) to 2027 this would more reflective of the commercial potential equating to:
- 152,004 energy improvements
- An estimated investment of £435 million
- A 9.6% reduction in CO2 emissions (this is an additional 81,448 tonnes to the 700,120 tonnes already achieved under the original HECA plan)
- A 12.49% increase in average SAP levels across the borough
- Removing 3,675 households from the SAP 35 fuel poverty trap.
The Council are to seek Green Deal and ECO partners in early 2013. Due to Sefton’s housing stock, combined with its socio-demographic attributes, it will mean that ECO will act as the central tool to this further HECA Plan.
Sefton Council will co-ordinate, measure and monitor activity and in parallel we will implement a marketing action plan that aims to change behaviour, inform, educate, and advise local residents.
With the strength of 15 years of highly successful years of HECA partnered delivery experience within the Council, we are confident in seeking to exceed all expectations within the new plan and look forward to forging new partnerships across the UK to achieve this.