9 Jun 15

Barking & Dagenham homes benefit from half a million pound ‘energy efficiency’ refit from EDF Energy

  • Team of specialist abseilers will install free cavity wall insulation

  • Residents could save almost £100 every year on fuel bills*

  • 18,000 tonnes of carbon emissions will be saved across London

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low carbon energy, is funding more than £500k worth of insulation for blocks of flats in London. 

37 blocks in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham will benefit from the London wide programme and it is estimated that the cavity wall insulation will help residents in these 820 flats make significant savings every year on their fuel bills.


To complete the work, EDF Energy is partnering with Essex-based Avalon Sustainable Energy Solutions - a specialist cavity wall insulation contractor who employ abseilers to install the insulation. The project with this borough has been in planning for the last three years and among the tower blocks that will be insulated are Parkside and Thaxted House in Dagenham and Highview House in Romford.

EDF Energy’s partnership with Avalon is part of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – an initiative designed to help people in low-income areas save energy, thereby saving carbon and money on their energy bills.


It is estimated that the insulation will help save around 18,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.


Work commenced on the project in April this year and is scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2015.  By using Avalon’s team of specialist abseilers to install the insulation, it is estimated that the project length has been reduced and achieved significant cost savings as there is no requirement for scaffolding.


Eric Salomon, Energy Field Services Director at EDF Energy, said: “This project will make a significant difference to the lives of local residents, who will benefit from lower fuel bills and much warmer homes. We are proud that we are able fund improvements for Avalon’s installation team to help people living in cold and hard to treat flats.”


Darren Peacock, Director at Avalon, said: “Thanks to our funding partnership with EDF Energy, we are now in a stronger position to offer fully funded cavity wall insulation for blocks of flats, which have not been insulated previously due to difficult access or they need expensive scaffolding.  Our award winning, innovative installation methods have ensured thousands of flats have received much needed insulation.”


Ieman Barmarki, Energy Efficiency Officer at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, said: “We are happy to be rolling out another batch of insulation works to residents in wards affected by fuel poverty with Avalon. In the current economic climate it is vital to be able to drive down access cost to enable more targeted measures to be delivered, helping the council save money and benefit its residents in one go.”

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Megan Johnson
Media Officer (Customers)
07875 114691

Steph Aukstikalnis
Media Officer (Customers)
0207 752 2266

Notes to editors

* According to Energy Saving Trust, flats can save £90 on their fuel bills each year once cavity wall insulation is installed

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/