Residents in Hackney are set to be offered free home insulation through the first major works programme to be delivered by the local council’s publicly owned energy company.
On 13 February, Hackney Light and Power launched Green Homes, the first borough-wide programme in London offering thermal efficiency measures to privately-owned and rented homes. It will aim to lower energy bills for thousands of local residents, while significantly cutting emissions. The programme will also trial renewable heating upgrades, including hydrogen fuel-cell boilers and air-to-air heat pumps, in a bid to explore their potential in reducing the environmental impact of space heating.
Set up last year, Hackney Light and Power is primed to play a key role in delivering Hackney Council’s decarbonisation targets – a 45% reduction in carbon emission relative to 2010 levels across all functions by 2030, and net zero emission by 2040. As well as Green Homes, it is to deliver a large-scale rooftop solar project in 2020 as the borough aims to become a leader in clean energy generation.
Councillor Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, said: “Whether cleaning up our fleet of vehicles, decarbonising the waste system, cleaning up the energy system, or delivering the largest urban tree planting programme in the country, Hackney Council is demonstrating that not only is urgent action necessary, but that it’s also possible. We want to take the residents of Hackney with us on that journey, and Hackney Green Homes is a clear demonstration of that ambition.”