Green Future launched from Coventry

Coventry-based energy company E.ON has joined forces with Coventry City Council and the region’s chamber of commerce to launch a new project to transform Coventry into a “pioneering green city”. The trio have forged the Phoenix Low Carbon Enterprise, which aims to regenerate the city.

Phoenix is a public-private partnership which will work with other partners to develop sustainable energy projects including solar energy and district heating schemes.

The partnership will take responsibility for organising and allocating initiatives to help speed up the implementation of sustainable projects across the city – including retrofitting homes on a street-by-street basis.

The enterprise will look to use the government’s green deal to fund much of the work but also intends to use the feed-in tariff, the renewable heat incentive and Community Energy Saving Programme funding.

About 150 city business leaders were present for the launch of the scheme.

It is one of the UK’s first city-wide approaches to tackling energy efficiency and environmental issues while also working to attract investment and improve skills and jobs.

Councillor Linda Bigham, cabinet member for city development, said: “The Phoenix Low Carbon Enterprise represents a superb opportunity for Coventry City Council, our partners, and local businesses to develop the Low Carbon Economy in Coventry and Warwickshire.

“It will bring about the creation of new jobs, and significant business investment and growth whilst reducing our carbon emissions.”

The work, due to start in April 2011, is being carried out under the government’s Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

 

Article sourced from Insider News.