UK’s largest fuel poverty conference comes to Nottingham

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) is once again bringing its annual conference to Nottingham.  The conference which is themed ‘The Many Faces of Fuel Poverty’ is supported by E.ON and will be attended by over 300 key industry stakeholders.

A raft of new reports will be launched at the event including: ‘Under One Roof’-  a research piece commissioned by Liverpool City Council and funded by The Department of Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) examining evidence and practices where health and social care bodies have worked in partnership with fuel poverty alleviation schemes. It particularly aims to identify the type of evidence commissioners are requiring from scheme providers. NEA will also launch the UK Fuel Poverty Monitor – an annual investigative report on fuel poverty in the UK.

There will be expert panels of speakers including senior representatives from BEIS, Ofgem, Energy Saving Trust, Scope, Energy UK, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and leading academics and practitioners. All of whom will explore the issues, drawing upon the experience of those attending the conference.

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive at NEA said: “Cold homes kill more people in the UK than road traffic accidents. Despite successive strategies and targets, fuel poverty remains at crisis levels affecting over 4 million UK households. The NEA conference is a vital moment when those committed to affordable, warm homes for all, can come together, take stock and leave with a better idea of how we do more to help those blighted by fuel poverty.”

Michael Lewis, E.ON UK’s Chief Executive said: “The UK’s housing stock is among the oldest and least energy efficient in Europe, leaving many people not only with higher heating bills but also the knock-on effects of poor homes in terms of physical health. It’s great to see the National Infrastructure Commission, the Commission for Climate Change and others recommending far greater ambition from Government on energy efficiency – something both E.ON and NEA want to see. We consider fuel poverty to be one of the key priorities for the energy industry and are proud to continue our ongoing support of the NEA’s annual conference to explore ways to work closer to help tackle this important issue.”

Nottingham City Council will also launch a new citywide Fuel Poverty Strategy at the Conference.

Cllr Sally Longford, Portfolio holder for Energy and Environment added: “We recognise the scale and complexity of fuel poverty as an issue, with its many economic and wellbeing impacts, that’s why fuel poverty is one of Nottingham City Council’s key priorities and we are launching a city-wide Fuel Poverty Strategy in response to this issue. We’re really pleased to be launching our strategy at this conference and that National Energy Action has once again chosen Nottingham as a location for its prestigious conference. 

“Whilst Nottingham has taken some great steps in recent years, with its District Heating Network, Robin Hood Energy and innovative retrofit work, we want to ensure we continue to tackle the challenge in a sustainable way. We have a bold vision to build on our recent success and embrace new technology and ways of working to ensure we can become a beacon city for innovation in tackling fuel-poverty and improving domestic energy efficiency.”

An exhibition running alongside the conference will showcase over 40 companies including manufacturers, installers, energy companies, service suppliers, NGOs and many more.

Notes to editors:

The conference is taking place from 17–19 September at Nottingham Conference Centre. Members of the media are invited to attend by prior arrangement. Contact Sahdia Hassen on 0191 269 2936 or email sahdia.hassen@nea.org.uk . For more information and agenda visit www.nea.org.uk

According to BEIS’ most recent annual report on fuel poverty there are over 4 million fuel-poor households in the UK. Please note, this figure is calculated using the 10 per cent definition (LIHC applies in England only) and is an estimate for 2015 – the latest year for which official statistics are available.

About National Energy Action (NEA)

NEA is the national charity which aims to eradicate fuel poverty and campaigns for greater investment in energy efficiency to help those who are poor and vulnerable.

We work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and with our sister charity Energy Action Scotland, to ensure that everyone can afford to live in a warm, dry home. For more information go to www.nea.org.uk

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