The Carbon Saving Community Obligation (CSCO) component of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is specifically geared towards helping households across the UK that are in the most need of energy efficiency improvements, such those people living in deprived areas. Under CSCO, the big energy companies are required by law to help with energy efficient measures and improvements to low income households, with improvements being funded by suppliers as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
Those homes which may be eligible include domestic properties within a specified postcode and low-income households in rural areas with a population of less than 10,000 inhabitants (means tested). It is intended that at least 15 per cent of each energy supplier’s Carbon Saving Community Obligation should be achieved by providing energy efficient measures to low income and vulnerable households in rural areas.
The areas of low income eligible for support under CSCO have been identified using the ‘Indices of Multiple Deprivation’ (IMD) in England, Scotland and Wales and up to 20% of CSCO funding may be used for areas adjoining the selected postcodes. A list of eligible areas can be found on the government website www.gov.uk (Energy Company Obligation/ECO).
Property owners and registered social landlords within eligible postcodes and qualifying surrounding areas can apply for help with a variety of energy efficiency measures including solid wall, cavity wall and loft insulation. Qualifying households will need to have a Green Deal Assessment to identify which energy efficient measures the property will most benefit from. All households, regardless of tenure, will be eligible for funding but it is expected that CSCO will be of particular benefit to the social housing sector.
The government has estimated that around 250,000 major insulation measures will be delivered under CSCO by March 2015 with a carbon savings target of 6.8m tonnes of CO2, and has promised that the same level of funding will be maintained for an additional two years (up to 2017).