Domestic Retrofit

Skills and Supply Chain Research

Energy use in homes, particularly heating, contributes to a significant proportion of the UK’s carbon emissions. The Greater South East has the largest number of domestic properties of any region in the UK. Making homes more energy efficient is therefore critical to enable carbon reduction in the region. Reduction of energy use in homes is most effectively done by installing insulation to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Emissions can also be reduced by installing low carbon heating systems like heat pumps. To make a real difference to the warmth of a home, to maximise carbon reduction, to get best value for money from retrofit work, and to ensure that a quality job is done, the most up-to-date skills and materials should be used.

Unfortunately, at the present time, there are not enough people in the workforce that are suitably skilled to carry out the work needed! However, the Greater South East Net Zero Hub is taking action to address this shortfall. Already, we have set up our own procurement portal for installers. This is encouraging suppliers to get the relevant skills and accreditations needed to register with us and be ready for the opportunity of government-funded retrofit work in the region as it arises. But there is more to do. To get concerted, strategic and well-founded action on this shortfall, we have commissioned new research to inform next steps. Scroll down and read all about it.

Domestic Retrofit Skills Assessment

Energy Systems Catapult, working in partnership with Parity Projects and LCP Delta, was commissioned to undertake a domestic energy efficiency skills sector assessment. The aims of the study were to assess the current skills landscape and identify where additional provision is needed to ensure that a skilled workforce is in place to decarbonise domestic properties.

We will be using this research to improve the training available in the region and to strengthen the supply chain so that it can deliver on key domestic retrofit activity, in line with the Government’s 2050 Net Zero target across the Greater South East region.

Domestic Energy Efficiency Supply Chain Market Intelligence

Mace and kMatrix were commissioned to undertake a supply chain market intelligence study to assess the current domestic energy sector and establish how much growth is required to meet net zero targets.

An overarching Domestic Energy Efficiency Supply Chain (DEESC) report for the whole of the Greater South East has been produced, as well as a series of DEESC reports to cover each of the eleven Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas in the region. These regional and area reports are available for download in this section.

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