£800m national energy efficiency contract launches in Scotland

A national energy efficiency contract worth up to £800m over four years has now been launched by procurement body Scotland Excel.

The contract will help councils and housing associations drive forward energy efficiency measures in their properties to tackle fuel poverty, create warmer homes for local people and cut carbon emissions.

The new framework is the largest ever contract opportunity for Scotland Excel, which is the central purchasing body formed to represent all of the local authorities in Scotland, with 26 Scottish companies securing places as suppliers, 21 of which are micro or SME organisations.

Julie Welsh, director of Scotland Excel, welcomes the launch of this innovative contract.

“It is our largest ever in value and brings opportunities for 26 Scottish companies to secure a share of the business.

“With sustainability at its core, the contract will support councils and housing associations in their efforts to deliver energy efficiency improvements which will bring benefits to homes for current and future generations.

“The contract has been designed to help councils deliver improvements to housing to create warmer, more energy efficient homes, to tackle fuel poverty, and meet national carbon reduction targets, whether through local investment programmes or from national funding allocations.”

The framework will provide easy access to contractors for a range of efficiency measures including wall, floor, loft, window and door insulation, gas boiler and heating systems, electrical storage heaters, solar panels, and domestic and non-domestic energy assessors.

It will also deliver community and employment benefits with contractors committing to delivering a range of measures, including apprenticeships, to the local areas where business is secured.

Barbara Morton, director at Sustainable Procurement Ltd, is also championing the new framework.

“This innovative contract demonstrates Scotland Excel’s commitment to supporting local authorities and housing associations in delivering real progress in energy efficiency combined with benefits to communities,” she said.

“This unique combination of energy efficiency and employment opportunities has the potential to bring lasting benefits to communities throughout Scotland.”

Among the 30 suppliers to the new framework are E.ON Energy Solutions Ltd, Everwarm Ltd, FES Support Services Ltd and Turner Facilities Management Ltd.

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