Shadow Minister Praises the BIG Energy Upgrade

Rt. Hon. Caroline Flint MP (Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change) praised the success of the BIG Energy Upgrade - a pioneering £15.76 million project that has helped install over 2,000 energy saving installations across Yorkshire and the Humber.

RT. Hon. Caroline Flint MP at the BIG Energy Upgrade Celebration Event.Yorkshire Energy Services was one of the project’s core delivery partners. We worked with a consortium of organisations to renovate homes and raise awareness of the need for energy efficiency in 14 of the region’s most deprived communities.  

Our dedicated outreach team engaged householders over the doorstep, promoted the benefits of energy saving installations and offered tailor made energy advice packs, bespoke to residents.

The scheme, led by Kirklees Council, includes six local authorities, Yorkshire Energy Services, the University of Sheffield and social housing providers.

Since its launch in 2010 the BIG Energy Upgrade has seen:

      2,324 energy saving measures installed in homes across 14 of Yorkshire and Humber’s most deprived communities                                 
    1,808 houses upgraded  
    64 new jobs created  
    119 jobs safeguarded  
    CO2 emissions reduced by an estimate 53,947 tonnes  

To mark the scheme’s success, BIG Energy Upgrade representatives shared their experiences at a celebration event held in Sheffield’s historic Halifax Hall hotel on Friday 24th March.

Key note speakers included the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Rt. Hon. Caroline Flint MP, who praised the initiative and highlighted its impacts on the local economy.

Shadow Minister Caroline Flint MP with BIG Energy Upgrade partners.She said: “I am delighted to attend the BIG Energy Upgrade Celebration event today. This project clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of a whole house/whole community approach to installing energy efficiency measures and the positive impact on residents and local employment in some of the most deprived areas of Yorkshire and the Humber.

“Installing external wall insulation in over 1,400 properties and giving energy efficiency advice has proven a huge success. It is a great example of The European Regional Development Fund benefiting the economy in our most disadvantaged communities and I hope it encourages similar schemes to take place in the future.”

The innovative partnership worked collectively to regenerate areas of deprivation, create and safeguard jobs and helped boost the regional supply chain. Not only did it fund large scale domestic installations, such as the application of external solid wall insulation, but it also studied the impact home efficiency improvements had on residents.

Councillor David Sheard, leader of Kirklees Council, said he was delighted with the projects final results.

He explained: “I am very proud that Kirklees Council acted as the lead accountability body for this innovative project.To get parliamentary support at our celebration event, just shows how big the project’s impact has been. We hope that the success of the BIG Energy Upgrade will influence the development of other domestic energy saving programmes across the UK.”

The BIG Energy Upgrade totals £15.76m of which £7.10m is funded by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013, one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which support local businesses and create jobs. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme. For more information visit

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