Greater Manchester: Report on Decarbonising Our Existing Buildings

Reducing the amount of energy used in Greater Manchester’s existing buildings will be key to achieving our aim of being a carbon-neutral city-region by 2038.

This report builds on the priorities and actions on buildings in the Five-Year Environment Plan. It sets out where Greater Manchester is now and where it needs to get to in terms of the energy demand of its existing domestic, commercial and public buildings. Based on that, it provides a set of recommendations for taking action that are being taken forward by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and its partners.

Greater Manchester: Report on Decarbonising Our Existing Buildings (PDF)

Greater Manchester Spatial Energy Plan: Evidence Base Study

The Spatial Energy Plan for Greater Manchester was commissioned as part of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Smart Systems and Heat Programme, and undertaken through collaboration between the GMCA and the Energy Systems Catapult. It underpins the report on decarbonising our existing buildings.

The study brings together the significant data and existing evidence relating to the local energy system. This will provide a platform for future energy planning in the region and the development of suitable policies within the emerging spatial planning framework for Greater Manchester.

Download the GMCA Spatial Energy Plan Executive Summary (PDF)

Domestic Buildings – support for residents

Support is available across Greater Manchester to help people keep warm and reduce their energy bills without costing them any money. To see if you are eligible, contact the service in your area. They will also be able to advise of other support available across Greater Manchester, including funding for insulation or heating system improvements.


Local scheme



Bolton Care and Repair – Healthy Homes (opens in a new tab)

01204 328 178


Warm Homes Oldham (opens in a new tab)

0800 019 1084


Wigan AWARM Service (opens in a new tab)

01942 404 261

Elsewhere in Greater Manchester

The Local Energy Advice Partnership (opens in a new tab) 

0800 060 7567

Energy Company Obligation, Flexible Eligibility, Statement of Intent

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funds are provided by energy suppliers to assist fuel-poor, low-income and vulnerable residents.

In February 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published updated guidance for Local Authorities on engaging with energy suppliers to identify households that would benefit from energy efficiency improvements. This maintains the ECO-flexibility eligibility mechanism, through which Local Authorities can set eligibility criteria in a Statement of Intent (SOI) to determine which fuel-poor, low income and vulnerable residents are eligible for ECO-flexible eligibility funds.

In Greater Manchester, it has been agreed that there will be one Statement of Intent covering all 10 districts and declarations of eligibility will only be issued for Greater Manchester-wide or Local Authority-led schemes via the affordable warmth service operating in each district.

Energy Company Obligation, Flexible Eligibility, Statement of Intent version 3 (PDF) (for declarations issued from 1 June 2019 onwards)

Energy Company Obligation, Flexible Eligibility, Statement of Intent version 2 (PDF) (for declarations issued on or before 31 May 2019 only)

Connected for Warmth

Homes across Greater Manchester can get a new central heating system fitted for free thanks to the Connected for Warmth programme.

The funding comes from the Warm Homes Fund, which has been established by National Grid (opens in a new tab) and is administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (opens in a new tab). It offers a helping hand to households struggling to afford to heat their homes because they do not currently have a central heating system.

During 2018 and 2019 Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) secured £1.8 million from the Warm Homes Fund to install 500 gas and renewable central heating systems. The programme is now being extended until 2021 with hundreds more homes set to benefit.

The Connected for Warmth programme is run by AgilityEco, working in partnership with Cadent, and can provide both a new central heating system and a free connection to the gas main if a property does not already have one.


Connected for Warmth can provide help to owner-occupiers and private tenants households that:

  • Do not have an existing gas central heating system installed. This means the fund is targeting households that heat their property with electric storage heaters, room heaters or open fire. If you just have gas for a single fire and/or a cooker, then you are still eligible.
  • Are in receipt of means-tested or disability benefits OR who meet the requirements set out in the Greater Manchester Statement of Intent

You can find out more about eligibility on the Connected for Warmth (opens in a new tab) website or by calling the Connected for Warmth team on freephone 0800 029 4547.

If you privately rent your property you will need your landlord’s permission.

How to apply

To apply for yourself or for someone else please contact the relevant affordable warmth scheme for your area (see above). When you call, please mention that you are interested in getting central heating.

You can also find out more at the Connected for Warmth website (opens in a new tab) or by calling the Connected for Warmth team on 0800 029 4547.

Success Stories

500 households have already benefited from first-time central heating from the Warm Homes Fund.