Major boost for ambitious plans to improve energy efficiency of Hackney Council homes

Ambitious multi-million pound plans to retrofit more than 700 Hackney Council homes to make them more energy efficient have taken a major step forward today (Wednesday) with the announcement of up to £4.5m of government funding.

Over the next two years Hackney Council is looking to undertake improvements to over 700 of its hardest to heat homes to bring them up to an energy efficiency C rating. It’s part of the Council’s investment in continually improving homes for its tenants and delivering a healthier, fairer and safer Hackney.

Having a more energy efficient home will mean it will take less energy for residents to heat their home, potentially saving money on bills. The initiative is also part of the Council’s commitment to tackling climate change and reaching net zero emissions - across its services by 2030.

Now the £9 million project has received support through the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

Under the project improvements will be made to flats, homes on estates and street properties across the borough.

A range of energy improvement works will be carried out including wall and loft insulation, draught proofing , low energy lighting, or hot water cylinder insulation

The Council will work closely with residents to ensure they are fully aware of the benefits of the initiative, have a clear timetable for what work will be carried out when, and how they can also get involved in shaping the project.

 Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

We made a commitment last year that a key part of our efforts to become a net zero council would be making our homes greener and more energy efficient, cutting bills for our tenants. This announcement is part of us delivering on that promise and our largest retrofit project to date.

These are ambitious plans that we are putting into place which will deliver benefits to those living in our homes and our environment as a whole. I am delighted the government has recognised the strides we are looking to take and have provided funding to help us turn our aspirations into reality.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Resident Participation

This is a significant investment we are putting into improving our least energy efficient homes - which will not only make them warmer, but hopefully help save people money on their bills in the future whilst also protecting the environment

This is the first scheme of its kind Hackney Council has undertaken. It will be a complex project but it will benefit the environment, borough and our tenants. We will work with our residents living in these homes throughout the scheme to ensure we deliver the maximum benefits possible

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Resident Participation
Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

“As we finalise our Climate Action Plan and set new ambitions for a just transition to Net Zero, this project is a huge step forward on delivering on these ambitions. This announcement is an important vote of confidence from the Government on our plans, unlocking new external investment into transforming homes and lives across Hackney.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

The funding from Department for Energy Security and Net Zero announced today is through their Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund