Changeworks worked with four local authorities and successfully won £1 Million in funding for Energy Efficient Scotland area based projects, as announced by the Scottish Government, 17 June 2018. Changeworks will work in partnership to deliver projects to improve energy efficiency with the City of Edinburgh Council, Fife Council, Midlothian Council and Scottish Borders Council.

The Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland programme aims to help local authorities to pilot new and innovative approaches to energy efficiency, helping reduce costs and improving warmth in homes, businesses and public buildings.

Paul Thom, Changeworks’ Programme Manager said, “We’ll be working in partnership with four local authorities to deliver projects funded by Energy Efficient Scotland and are delighted our bids have been successful. This significant funding will allow us to deliver new projects, engaging householders and businesses to help reduce energy and carbon consumption and increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures. Changeworks and our local authority partners will deliver a service which supports and guides residents and businesses through the steps involved in improving energy efficiency.

“With this funding we’re also expanding our Change Works in Peebles project, currently running in the Borders since the start of the year, to include the Tweeddale area.”

Energy Efficient Scotland funding allocations to 2020 for projects jointly delivered by Changeworks with local authorities are: City of Edinburgh Council, Fife Council, Midlothian Council, and Scottish Borders Council. Additional funding has been awarded to Midlothian Council for the creation of a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) to improve the energy efficiency of homes and reduce their carbon emissions which will be developed by Changeworks.

Photo: Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, visits Change Works in Peebles Hub, left to right: Paul Thom, Changeworks’ Programme Manager, Stephen Strachan, Changeworks , Donna Marshall, Changeworks' Senior Project Manager - Change Works in Peebles, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, Cathie Fancy, Scottish Borders Council Group Manager, Housing Strategy and Services.