Since the declaration of the climate emergency in the UK on May 1st 2019, a lot of companies have been striving to contribute. One of them is Hackney Council’s publicly-owned energy services company, that has launched Hackney Light and Power’s Green Homes programme.
The programme offers free home insulation to every homeowner and renter irrespective of their income on a first-come, first-serve basis. The funds for this programme were provided by the Energy Company Obligation and people taking part in it could save money on their energy bills, while also reducing gas emissions.
The plan is also to trial new renewable heating systems, such as hydrogen fuel-cell boilers and air-to-air heat pumps. These technologies are essential if we want to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2040, as it was stated in an emergency motion passed by the council in June 2019.