Community Green Deal comes to Greater Manchester

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Carbon Co-op and Manchester City Council launch £250,000 GM Go Early Green Deal pilot at Manchester Town Hall.

6:30-8pm, Wednesday, September 26, 2012 FREE EVENT: limited spaces, book here:

Speakers: Representative from Manchester City Council (TBC) Charlie Baker, URBED, co-author of Greater Manchester Retrofit Strategy Jonathan Atkinson, Carbon Co-op

Carbon Co-op launch Carbon Co-op and Manchester City Council are pleased to announce the launch of a unique, people-powered approach to reducing household energy bills and carbon emissions, a Greater Manchester-based Green Deal pilot programme ahead of the scheme’s national launch in 2013.

From next year, the government’s Green Deal will create a mechanism for householders to assess their energy usage, select a series of measures to reduce bills and finance these measures through payments tied to their meters.

Supported by the Greater Manchester Authority and Manchester City Council and running until March 2013, Carbon Co-op’s 1/4 million pound pilot will demonstrate the effectiveness and added social benefits of a community-based approach, featuring street scale collaboration, peer mentoring and a co-operative approach to Green Deal. Incorporating assessments, installation of energy savings measures, access to low interest loans and post-work monitoring and evaluation, this pilot will test every stage of the Green Deal process.

Jonathan Atkinson, a spokesman for Carbon Co-op said: “The Green Deal will only work by giving householders choices – not just of the company they deal with but how that company operates. We are testing the idea that there are lots of people in Greater Manchester who want a share in this process and that a mutually owned approach will be an effective mechanism to deal with fuel poverty and climate change. This pilot project is new territory but we’re confident of our service and look forward to proving our case.”

Carbon Co-op is a Manchester-based community benefit society, a mutual set up by householders in order to share information and knowledge on energy efficiency and renewables and to purchase materials at discount.

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More information on Carbon Co-op: More information on Green Deal: More information on Manchester’s Climate Change Action Plan, ‘Manchester:A Certain Future:

Conference Hall, Manchester Town Hall, 20 Tib Lane, M2 4JA