Coventry tops local authority energy index

Coventry has topped an index looking at the energy efficiency of more than 100 of England’s local authorities. The city featured alongside Peterborough, Southampton, Bristol and Stockton on Tees in the Local Authority Energy Index’s 2015 top five.

The index was developed a year ago by Knauf Insulation, in partnership with GE and supported by the Green Investment Bank. Its aim is to highlight best practice and identify common barriers for local authorities to delivering large-scale energy programmes.

The index assesses local authority energy approaches across 19 indicators including:

  • Energy management in their own buildings
  • Improving energy efficiency in their community
  • Improving energy efficiency in housing
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Domestic energy use per capita
  • Energy use per gross value added (GVA).

Chris Witte, marketing director at Knauf Insulation said: “Last year’s pilot study focused on 25 local authorities. The success of the campaign was in the positive response and feedback we’ve had from local authorities, validating the need for the report.

“Many councils have already taken steps to improve the energy efficiency of homes, offices and local transport, both within their estate and outside and this report recognises the ground covered; usually in difficult circumstances dealing with ‘stop-start’ central government programmes, and always with constrained budgets.

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