ECO (Energy Company Obligation)
Scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Funding comes from energy suppliers and is used to promote measures which improve the ability of low income, fuel poor and vulnerable households to heat their homes.
There are a wide range of energy efficiency measures that can be installed under ECO including insulation measures, heating measures and connections to district heating systems (new and upgrades). These also include internal and external wall insulation systems.
West Lothian Council is committed to tackling Fuel Poverty across the region through various means, as detailed in our Local Housing Strategy (LHS), Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) and Anti-Poverty Strategy (more details available from our Housing Policy and Strategies page). Adopting the Flexible ECO Eligibility Policy will allow Flexible ECO Affordable Warmth Funding for energy efficiency improvement measures to be made available to more residents living in private sector housing.
We have published our Statement of Intent (SOI) to allow more homeowner to access ECO funding. This SOI will help to target those households in the highest level of need by targeting households living in fuel poverty or who are living on a low income and are vulnerable to the effects of a cold home. Flexible ECO is only available to support residents living in private sector housing.
Funding is not provided through West Lothian Council, but is a UK Government initiative. To access this funding, you must go through an external contractor.
In-depth information is provided within our Statement of Intent (SOI). However, there are two routes to gaining access to ECO funding:
- At risk of living in fuel poverty
- A low-income household with at least one household member vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home
Within this, the key criteria through both routes is having a household income of less than the Scottish average of £23,150.
In order to access Flexible ECO Eligibility funding the council is required to submit a LA Declaration to the ECO supplier. The final decision on whether a household received ECO measures is made by the energy suppliers and therefore inclusion in a declaration will not guarantee the installation of measures.
The final decision will depend on:
- The survey carried out on the property
- The energy savings that can be achieved for a property
- There is adequate funding to support ECO funding for the installation of the energy efficiency measures
- Whether ECO obligated parties have achieved their targets to require further measures to meet their ECO targets.