Central Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF)

The Central Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) is a revolving loan fund set up in 2002 by the then Scottish Executive; the scheme has been continued under the Scottish Government. £2 million was allocated to the fund to implement energy efficiency measures that would reduce carbon emissions across the public sector in Scotland. Within CEEF, £15 million was allocated to the 32 local authorities in Scotland, £4 million to the NHS trusts and £1 million to Scottish Water. The scheme has since been extended to provide £4 million to Higher Education.

Each local authority was allocated a proportion of this £15 million based upon a combination of the population in their city/region and their geographical area: with Aberdeenshire Council receiving £634,883. The individual local authorities are responsible for managing their own CEEF allocation and identifying potential capital projects. Funding can only be spent on capital projects; but up to 10% of the fund can be used each year to cover running costs.

To be eligible for CEEF funding, projects must use specific energy saving technologies and must meet a five-year payback criterion. Renewable Energy technologies can also be considered so long as the criteria are met. Technologies eligible for CEEF funding are:

  • Building Controls
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Change of Fuel
  • Combined Heat and Power
  • Draught Proofing
  • Improving Boiler Plant
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Motors and Drives
  • Pipe, Valve and Flange Insulation
  • Point of Use Hot Water
  • Pool Covers
  • Roof Insulation

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