The Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation (CERO) component of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is intended to provide assistance for hard-to-treat properties and to fund energy saving measures that cannot be fully financed through the government’s Green Deal. It focuses on households that are typically more difficult to heat with follow-on upgrades for other improvements, such as loft insulation, also being included. Adequately insulating these homes would have a big impact on reducing heating costs for residents and in tackling carbon emissions.
The primary areas covered under CERO are external and internal solid wall insulation and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation. Other insulation measures and connections to district heating systems may also be covered under CERO if they are part of a package that includes solid wall insulation and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation. These relatively cheaper measures can make a big difference, allowing more properties to be treated with less resources.
Funding through CERO is not decided by postcode and social housing, privately owned or those living in rented properties can all apply for assistance under the scheme but the minimum requirement for consideration is an Energy Performance Certificate.