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Energy scheme shows ‘sustainable thinking’

17 May 2010

  • Sustainable Development Commission welcomes ARBED project, which promises to boost jobs, combat climate change and tackle fuel poverty together 
  • Wales Commissioner says scheme is a model example for the whole Welsh Assembly Government

ARBED - Llun/Image: Welsh Assembly Governent/Llywodraeth Cynulliad CymruThe Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) Wales has welcomed the launch of the Welsh Assembly Government’s first round of ARBED projects. The scheme will see £30m invested in some of Wales’ most deprived communities to improve the energy efficiency of homes and install renewable energy devices. ARBED goes some way towards meeting the SDC’s recommendation that there should be a retrofit of the whole existing housing stock in Wales in its ‘Low Carbon Wales ‘ report, launched last year.

Peter Davies, SDC Commissioner for Wales said:

“At a difficult time for public finances it’s vital that we maximise the value of every pound spent. ARBED is a good example of how to deliver multiple benefits in a sustainable way – in this case boosting the economy, improving the environment and tackling poverty at the same time. This is a model example of the sustainable thinking we want to see across the Welsh Assembly Government.”

“It’s also important to build a more resilient Wales for the future – schemes like this will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, helping people avoid high energy bills now and in the longer term.”

 

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