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Green Deal providers help form energy efficiency partnership

Potential Green Deal providers have signed up to a new not-for-profit organisation to help inform government policy.

The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings group, relaunched from the former Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, aims to create a network of Green Deal providers, financiers, product and service suppliers.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has asked the EEPB to continue facilitating and coordinating the four Green Deal advisory forums. It will also be helping to advise DECC on the implementation of the Government’s Microgeneration Strategy.

Founding members include npower, Strutt & Parker, Centrica, Kingfisher, Enact and Knauf Insulation.

The EEPB has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Energy Foundation, linking it with one of the longest established bodies of energy efficiency expertise in the UK.

EEPB chairman Dr David Strong said: “The creation of the EEPB comes at a very significant time. Organisations across all parts of industry, all parts of the product and delivery sectors, and all parts of the private and public sector are seeking to collaborate and find answers to how we make the most of the new energy efficiency policies coming through from Government. 

“Our priority working groups will be looking at how we overcome market barriers and unlock opportunities from Green Deal and ECO, especially for SMEs. We will be organising a lot of constructive dialogue and interaction with policy makers to develop practical solutions to all the current issues of concern.”

National Energy Foundation chairman John Walker said: “The National Energy Foundation is delighted to welcome the EEPB into the group, as it complements perfectly the work that we have pursued for more than 20 years in reducing the use of energy in buildings.”

Knauf Insulation external affairs director Steven Heath added: “The partnership will be a key actor in ensuring the government’s proposed changes to energy efficiency programme delivery offer best value.

“Its timing has special relevance as the Green Deal, government’s primary energy efficiency delivery mechanism, will no doubt throw up as many complexities in its delivery as in its conception.”

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