In December 2020, UKGBC hosted a roundtable as part of our Accelerator Cities programme, supported by EIT Climate-KIC, and the Green Finance Institute’s Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings, to explore the opportunities for partnerships between local and combined authorities and the finance community to drive retrofit at scale.

The workshop brought together local authorities, housing associations and representatives from the finance community, and was chaired by Emma Harvey, Programme Director at the Green Finance Institute, with contributions from leading experts on the built environment and finance.

During the event we explored the role of local authorities in delivering and enabling retrofit finance to all tenures. Within our recommendations we have suggested a series of three ‘design labs’ to bring together the shared expertise of local and regional authorities, the finance community and other stakeholder representatives, with a view to developing prototypes for piloting.

This paper summarises those discussions and sets out recommended next steps.

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