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Council energy efficiency league launched

Knauf Insulation has launched a pilot scheme that scores local authorities in England on their energy efficiency improvements.

The Local Authority Energy Efficiency Index awards scores according to each authority’s energy management of its own properties, how it works to improve energy efficiency in the community and its housing stock, and how it develops energy infrastructure.

In total, 25 local authorities were tested, including Metropolitan, London and Unitary authorities.

Supported by the UK Green Building Council, the indes was created to help officials, councillors and interested parties measure their energy efficiency and compare their work with other areas.

Local authorities that scored highly were Southampton, Kingston-upon-Hull, Peterborough, Coventry and Leeds.

The measure of domestic energy use per capita in each local authority contributed to the scores, taking into account the levels of insulation and air tightness of housing as well as the density and spatial layout of properties.

Energy use per gross value was also considered, determined by the structure on industry and area commerce.

 Local AuthorityTotal score
1Southampton74.12
2Kingston-upon-Hull73.48
3Peterborough72.83
4Leeds71.64
5Coventry69.00
6Barking & Dagenham67.12
7Newcastle-upon-Tyne65.34
8Plymouth64.89
9Bristol63.64
10Milton Keynes63.52
11Cheshire East57.22
12Wokingham56.17
13Manchester55.28
14Doncaster54.50
15Bedford52.11
16Birmingham51.77
17Telford & Wrekin49.77
18Richmond-upon-Thames49.65
19Stockton-on-Tees48.13
20Sunderland47.78
21Thurrock47.73
22Wirral46.44
23Brighton & Hove45.92
24Derby36.90
25Swindon36.78

Individual authorities can make use of the potential strategies offered in the index to improve energy management.

UK Green Building Council director of policy and communications John Alker said that councils were delivering significant energy services despite little or no resource: “[The index] offers advice and strategies for those councils eager to make greater progress. Central government should support this by seeing councils as a route through which to deliver capital investment in the energy efficiency of our built environment.”

Knauf Insulation Northern Europe marketing director Chris Witte said: “By assessing successful solutions, we hope that the health benefits of warmer homes, and the local economic benefits of improving houses and other buildings, can be felt across the country. 

The selected authorities account for 14.59% of the population and 14.62% of England’s energy use.