Green Euro-MP In Bid To Release EU Cash For Energy Efficiency In Brighton & Hove

12 October 2010 – Nearly €200m of unspent monies from the EU Economic Recovery Fund will be reallocated towards energy efficiency measures implemented by councils across the 27 EU Member states, following negotiations in the Euro-Parliament.

Former Brighton & Hove councillor Keith Taylor, now the Green Party’s MEP for South East England, has been working closely with Green colleagues in the Parliament to free up these monies – and now wants to see his former council make a successful bid.

The total available in the EU fund is around €200million, with successful applicants from across the EU being able to lever in as much as six or seven times their original investment. The reallocation of cash now opens up the way for a Brighton & Hove bid.

Keith Taylor MEP said:

“We’re in the early stages of developing this bid – and I would be happy to work alongside BHCC Chief Executive John Barradell and Leader Mary Mears to make sure the city has the best chance of success.

“The scope of the bid has yet to be finalised, but if the city raises €1.6m it will lever in up to €10m.The money would be used to retrofit the city’s housing stock and for other crucial energy efficiency measures.

“Recent figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that only 2.4% of homes in Brighton & Hove have had cavity wall or loft insulation fitted, compared with a national average of 6.5%.

“By increasing energy efficiency, we can reduce the energy used and cut householders fuel bills – as well as slashing the city’s CO2 emissions and creating new green jobs.”

Keith concluded: “A successful bid by Brighton and Hove will provide a much needed shot in the arm for the local economy, and would really put the Council on the map for driving investment in the kind of green projects we so desperately need.“