Welsh Government to boost energy efficiency

A new Energy Efficiency strategy that will drive economic growth and improve energy efficiency has been launched by Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant.

The new strategy sets out a clear direction for the next 10 years and outlines how the Welsh government can support action across all sectors.

Launching the strategy Carl Sargeant said: “Energy efficiency offers a considerable opportunity to deliver green growth, through new jobs, skills and a flourishing supply chain.

Wales has led the way in successfully delivering a vision for energy efficiency that will deliver multiple benefits across the goals set out in our Well-being of Future Generations Act, reducing energy use and carbon emissions, creating jobs and tackling poverty and its ill effects on a number of fronts.”

Supporting the launch of the energy efficiency strategy, the Finance Minister Jane Hutt has announced the creation of a new Invest to Save Green Growth Fund with over £9 million investment.

The new national initiative will build on the success of the Invest to Save scheme and offer repayable grants for the Welsh public sector to generate energy and cash efficiencies

The following projects will benefit from the new £9 million investment through the Invest to Save Green Growth Fund:

  • £2.7 million for the installation of LED street lighting in Monmouth County Council, Gwynedd Council and Wrexham Council;

  • £333,000 for Natural Resources Wales for the implementation of various energy efficiency measures;

  • £4 million for the installation of LED lighting on sections of the Welsh Government trunk road network; and

  • £2.1 million to support energy efficiency projects across various Cardiff City Council premises.