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19.09.13

Welsh Government gets behind retrofitting

The Welsh Government has reiterated the need to retrofit the country’s homes and businesses to help tackle climate change.

Alun Davies, minister for natural resources and food, gave a keynote address at the Retrofit Roadshow in Cardiff on Tuesday, pledging his commitment to retrofitting Wales’ housing stock and said he will work to tackle the problem of fuel poverty.

He said: “Improving the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses and tackling fuel poverty remain priorities for this government. Rising fuel prices put more pressure on already strained budgets – pushing more people into fuel poverty and increasing operating costs for our businesses.

“Retrofitting our homes and businesses not only helps to reduce energy bills and create Welsh jobs, it also helps protect the environment by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.”

Melin Homes, Warm Wales and Forrest described their efforts to drive up demand among residents for retrofitting, which is growing as an industry.

Cadw, BRE Wales and Willmott Dixon talked of the importance of engaging with rural communities, while the National Energy Foundation, Carbon Trust Wales, Land Securities, Federation of Small Businesses Wales and Arup explained the business case for retrofits and the technical solutions available,

The Retrofit Roadshow's is travelling next to Cambridge on 22 October 2013. Visit www.retrofit-roadshow.co.uk/book

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