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EU Membership is vital to energy efficient housing in Liverpool

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John Healey MP, Lisa Nandy MP and Theresa Griffin MEP visited housing projects on Enid Street and Portland Gardens in Liverpool which are part of the REECH (Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Community Housing), a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded Initiative.

REECH ran from January 2011 until 31st December 2015 with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of homes in some of the region’s most deprived communities and driving up demand for low carbon energy saving technologies. The project partnered with councils across the North West.

Over its lifetime the REECH Initiative refurbished 3,375 homes with a range of measures to make them more energy efficient. The technologies fitted during the REECH Initiative will save 188,000 tonnes of carbon over the lifetime of the measures.

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John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and Planning, said:

“I am very pleased to be visiting Liverpool today. It is clear the substantial impact that European Union funding has had in improving the energy efficiency of homes in Liverpool and across the North West, helping the environment and reducing household energy bills too.

“This is yet another example of how the European Union can help us get to grips with the housing crisis. The European Investment Bank recently announced a £1bn fund for 20,000 new affordable homes across the UK. If we leave, this funding would be lost and these homes put at risk.

“While the Conservative government in Westminster is scrapping energy efficiency standards in new homes and slashing investment on new affordable homes, the EU’s role in helping provide decent, affordable homes is more important than ever.”

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Lisa Nandy MP, Labour's Shadow Energy & Climate Change Secretary, said:

"This European funding is bringing down energy bills and saving people money. It's a great example of how we are benefiting from being part of the EU. If we leave, energy costs are likely to rise and big, urgently needed energy investments will be put on hold."

Theresa Griffin MEP, Labour’s European Spokesperson on Energy, added:

“Energy efficiency is the first fuel. There are over 3 million people in energy poverty in the UK, often living in the most energy inefficient and leakiest homes, at European level we are ensuring that legislation and financing for energy efficiency is focused on helping those most in need. The building sector is the largest energy consumer in Europe: its share of total final consumption was 40% in 2012 making buildings responsible for 36% of the EU's total CO2 emissions. Energy renovation of buildings in the EU is a win-win for the EU economy as a whole and will help address the issue of energy poverty.”

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