Energy Action Scotland Fuel Poverty Awards 2019
As part of the 2019 EAS Annual Conference, we were delighted to formally recognise the work of our members at the inaugural Energy Action Scotland Fuel Poverty Awards.
EAS has consistently spoken to the strength it draws from its members.
Our members are delivering consistently high quality services to tackle fuel poverty and support vulnerable households across the length and breadth of Scotland.
In order to recognise their invaluable contribution both to the work and the development of policy of EAS, as well as for the help and support they provide to the many households still struggling under the burden of fuel poverty, it has been our great pleasure to recognise the following awards for their exceptional contribution:
The award categories were:
Small/local Project of the Year
Installer of the Year
Housing Provider of the Year
Energy Efficiency Champion
2019 Fuel Poverty Champion Award
The awards were presented to EAS members who the Judges unanimously agreed were, at the “top of their game”.
Small/Local Project of the Year: East Ayrshire Citizens Advice Bureau
This project aimed to research and understand the community impact of the Green Deal and its potential mis-selling in the East Ayrshire area with a view to creating a comprehensive report that would explain the Green Deal, explain the local issue and identify key issues that have affected Green Deal consumers. The report called Deal or No Deal, would also be an educational and awareness resource that could be shared with members of the community, partners and other key stakeholders as a way to demonstrate the impact of the Green Deal both financially and emotionally.
The Judges considered this project to be of great value in determining the impact that the Green Deal has had on many consumers and has created a platform for other concerned bodies in Scotland to evaluate the impact that Green Deal projects may have on the wellbeing of consumers.
Installer of the Year: Tighean Innse Gall (TIG)
The HEEPS: ABS Outer Hebrides' key objectives are to reduce fuel poverty and carbon emissions. Delivery agents are required to maximise impact by blending in other funding such as ECO and by establishing strong partnerships with ECO providers and using trusted partners for delivery thus contributing to sustainable local economic development.
The Judges were very impressed with the consistent high level of delivery from TIG. When considering the remote nature of many of their clients and properties then their performance being the best in Scotland is even more remarkable.
Housing Provider of the Year: Glasgow City Council
The Council facilitates the installation of external wall insulation (EWI) as part of the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS:ABS). HEEPS offers funding opportunities for home owners and private landlords in the most deprived parts of Glasgow to participate in external wall insulation measures in their project areas. Energy Company Obligations (ECO) funding is used to reduce the overall cost of works for owners. To complement the EWI programme GHA work in partnership with HES and GHEAT to deliver a comprehensive service including loans and advice. In addition the Council provides the RSL sector with funding to allow privately owned properties to participate in their projects.
EAS was impressed with the scale and the commitment of GHA in terms of delivery and energy savings helping significant numbers of fuel poor customers to reduce their energy bills and improve the comfort of their homes.
Energy Efficiency Champion: Hillcrest Energy Advice Team
Hillcrest Energy Advice Team (HEAT) aims to reduce the number of tenants in fuel poverty through a variety of means. This includes advice, support, and the highly acclaimed top-up fund which was initially funded by EAS but has now been so successful it is now core funded. HEAT has also been assessing individual households, to gauge fuel poverty and provide tailor-made interventions wherever possible.
The Judges considered the super hero comic book approach to be very innovative and engaging. Bringing easily recognisable characters into the fuel poverty and fuel efficiency challenges is a tremendous way of getting the messages across.
2019 Fuel Poverty Champion Award: Lucy Gillie of South Seeds
South Seeds is a community organisation based in the South Central area of Glasgow. They aim to work in partnership with residents and organisations within the local community to help improve the look and feel of the area. Under the climate challenge fund South Seeds is further developing the project to increase energy awareness and help people learn more about growing food and reducing the amount of waste that they produce.
South Seeds teamed up with Govanhill Housing Association to provide support for all residents in the area struggling with energy in the home, to help them avoid high bills, tackle tampering and make sure tenants understood how energy worked in their home. This project took place in ten streets in Govanhill where there is the highest concentration of people in Scotland, many of whom live in privately rented accommodation which is also hard-to-treat for energy efficiency with many of the residents being vulnerable.
The Judges decided to award the Fuel Poverty Champion award to Lucy and her team due to the complexities that were overcome to deliver a fuel efficiency message. Lucy and her team have succeeded in delivering a successful project in a very challenging environment where multiple languages, cultures and vulnerabilities exist.