Sheffield’s share of £12m green cash

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SHEFFIELD has been given a slice of £12m to ‘kick-start’ a green scheme aimed at lowering carbon emissions.

It is one of seven English cities to get the cash as part of the Green Deal - a bid to revolutionise energy efficiency in British homes and reduce emissions.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change said ‘ambitious’ proposals had been put forward by the locations.

Funding will support plans to test key elements of the deal, which helps people pay for energy-saving home improvements like insulation, with long-term finance.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for the environment at Sheffield Council, said: “This investment is fantastic news for Sheffield.

“We are one of only a handful of cities to have secured this money and during the coming months we will use it to help achieve our ambition - to be one of the greenest cities in Europe.

“This £570,000 investment will allow us to find more homes and businesses that we can help, identify additional energy saving measures that they could take up, and also help as many people as possible benefit.

“By working with Sheffield homes and communities this scheme will allow us to prepare for the opportunities that the Sheffield Green Deal programme will give us.

“This is another step towards making us a greener city,” said Mr Scott.

But Coun Rob Murphy, of Sheffield’s Green party, said: “This money is better than nothing but it is a pittance compared to what is being taken out of the industry and the city.

“The Government itself should be investing in green energy for jobs and security.

“We should be harnessing our own energy, it is there waiting to be used.”

Assessment and installation of energy efficient measures are two elements which will be tested using the new money, the department said.