The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings has received the backing of a significant group of founding members, including npower, Strutt & Parker, Centrica, Kingfisher, Enact and Knauf Insulation.
It is a major relaunch for what was formerly the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, an influential network set up in 1999 which brings together more than 1300 individuals from 760 organisations in voluntary cooperation across all parts of the energy efficiency supply chain.
The EEPB has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Energy Foundation, linking it with one of the longest established bodies of energy efficiency expertise in the UK.
Dr David Strong, chairman of the EEPB, said: “The creation of the EEPB comes at a very significant time. Organisations across all parts of industry, all parts of the product and delivery sectors, and all parts of the private and public sector are seeking to collaborate and find answers to how we make the most of the new energy efficiency policies coming through from Government. Similarly, a broad group of Government departments will benefit from the expertise our members can offer.
“Our priority working groups will be looking at how we overcome market barriers and unlock opportunities from Green Deal and ECO, especially for SMEs. We will be organising a lot of constructive dialogue and interaction with policy makers to develop practical solutions to all the current issues of concern.”
The EEPB has already been asked by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to continue facilitating and coordinating the four Green Deal advisory forums. It will also be helping to advise DECC on the implementation of the Government’s Microgeneration Strategy.