Awards for champions of Birmingham Energy Savers

The thinkers behind the innovative Birmingham Energy Savers scheme have been presented with awards by the Lord Mayor at a ceremony in Birmingham’s council chamber.

The Attwood Awards are presented in recognition of collaborative work on the scheme in the tradition of Thomas Attwood, Birmingham’s first MP. Thomas Attwood promoted measures to boost the local economy, increasing employment, peace and prosperity.

The Birmingham Energy Savers scheme, delivered by the City Council, installs energy makeovers to people’s homes. Its inventiveness is that it uses new mechanisms such as the ‘feed in tariff’, a payment for locally generated renewable energy, to scale up and expand the reach of the scheme. This means that people on low incomes do not have to pay the upfront costs of the energy measures, but instead share the financial returns with the wider scheme – enabling more houses to be retrofitted.

Jon Morris of Localise West Midlands, a thinktank promoting local supply chains for sustainability, and Matthew Rhodes of Encraft, a specialist energy consultancy, were recognised for their innovative thinking that kicked off the project and for following this through to a detailed business plan. 

Keith Budden of the Birmingham Environment Partnership was picked for the award for developing and championing this idea within Be Birmingham and the council right through to delivery. All three awardees are SWM associates.

For the full article please see the Localise West Midlands blog.