Jane Davidson, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing
Today we have announced that a second phase of arbed has been awarded funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Our investment in improving the energy performance of Welsh homes will continue and we are very pleased to announce £37 million of funding for the Welsh Assembly Government’s Arbed phase 2, backed with ERDF funds of £29m.
This has been secured through cross-departmental working and will be delivered alongside local authorities with support from Community Housing Cymru and Welsh housing associations. The programme will help improve the energy performance of at least 4,000 homes in some of Wales’ most deprived communities.
This means that the real benefits that arbed phase 1 has brought in improving homes and driving investment and business opportunities across Wales will continue to 2015 and we will ensure that all the lessons from the first phase of the programme are reflected in the second phase to ensure that it delivers even more successfully.
The investment will provide a major boost to support the low carbon economy and green jobs through increased demand for manufacturing and fitting of energy efficient products. It will also contribute to eradicating of fuel poverty, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and to improving the energy performance of homes in Wales.