The Re:fit programme is a procurement initiative for public bodies wishing to implement energy efficiency measures and local energy generation projects on their assets, with support to assist you in the development and delivery of the schemes. These measures improve the energy performance of assets. As a result, carbon emissions can be reduced, substantial guaranteed annual cost savings achieved, and income generated.

The Re:fit framework is the framework of choice for local authorities enabling change to be delivered at scale and pace. The framework uses a robust, flexible and tested Energy Performance Contracting approach. Initially developed by the Greater London Authority in 2009, use of the framework is growing, with dedicated teams now supporting organisations across England and Wales. The programme helps by enabling organisations, such as local authorities, schools, universities, hospitals, leisure centres and museums, to implement retrofit projects and achieve large financial savings.

Over 250 organisations have already engaged Re:fit. Over £180 million of works has been procured across more than 1,000 buildings saving in excess of 52,000 tonnes of CO2 and £10m of energy costs each year. The current pipeline is over £91 million and growing.

Re:fit projects make guaranteed energy savings
The framework provides a guaranteed 100% of the energy saving or generation (kWh) via a contractual agreement for the payback period of the project, this key feature is helping to remove risk of failure with new developments, plus protecting the client and their investment.

Additional benefits include improvements to buildings’ operational performance and comfort levels for staff, reductions in building-related complaints and maintenance backlogs, a boost to local investment through local job creation, and important reductions in CO2 emissions.

Re:fit 4
The new Re:fit 4 energy performance contracting framework has just been launched, running for the period up to April 2024. The Re:fit energy performance contract framework may offer your team a unique opportunity to make a step change in the operational and value for money performance of your entire asset base. Public authorities may use the Re:fit framework for the accelerated development and delivery of long-term capital programmes capable of delivering short term and strategic benefits to minimise carbon footprints whist improving the performance of existing and newly created assets.

This framework will give public sector organisations a good opportunity to play their part in addressing the climate emergency and helping to meet European, national, local and organisational targets to reach net zero carbon emissions. These include:

  • the UK Climate Change Act 2008 target to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • emissions nationally to net zero by 2050
  • the Mayor of London’s ambition for London to be zero carbon by 2050

This, the fourth Re:fit framework, has been procured and run by a partnership of the Greater London Authority and Local Partnerships. As well as demonstrating a wide-ranging commitment to drive further uptake, this partnership brings with it strong political and commercial expertise and substantial experience in enabling EPC projects. We expect up to £500m of contracts to be let during the four years that it will be in place.

Re:fit 4 uses a competitively tendered and OJEU-compliant framework comprising the following energy service companies (ESCos):

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In 2019 – 20 we helped our clients achieve :

Since 2014, total capital expenditure on completed projects under the Re:fit programme totals £23.8m, making financial savings per annum of over £5m and carbon savings (per annum, not adjusted for decarbonisation) of 10,000 tonnes (tCO2). There is a further £77m of capital investment in development, at the end of the current Framework period. 

Four new Re:fit Energy Performance Contracts were awarded in 2019-20 which include a wide range of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects.

We helped Cambridgeshire County Council with the further development of its smart grid, ground mount solar energy and heat network projects as these progress through the design stage.

We supported Medway Council and Dudley Metropolitan Brough Council through the procurement and appointment of Re:fit Service Providers, and the initial design and appraisal stages have commenced.

We helped councils introduce Re:fit as a key component in developing the first stages of climate response action plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions. We supported Milton Keynes Council with the development of a wide programme of activity in relation to energy projects and its net-zero carbon emission aims.

We provided quality assurance services to the Re:fit Cymru programme, reviewing mini-competition and contract documents. We provided technical and commercial quality assurance on project design documents to 10 public sector bodies across Wales.

The Re:fit Energy Performance Contract Framework was procured for a further four year period with our partners, the Greater London Authority. This is the fourth version of the Framework, demonstrating the strength of the programme. The Framework will continue to be available to public sector bodies in England and Wales, with both programmes supported by Local Partnerships.


For more information about what we have helped our clients achieve, see our 2020-21 impact report.

Domestic Retrofit

Housing retrofit is a complicated and risk-laden challenge, and it is just one of the many actions required to achieve net zero carbon targets in each locality. Meanwhile, net zero is just one priority of the many social economic and environmental priorities each council is facing. Yet we know that without concerted public sector intervention to address domestic energy efficiency, legally binding national and local net zero targets will be missed.

Local Partnerships was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via the five Regional Energy Hubs to produce this Local Authority Housing Retrofit Handbook to provide practical advice to local authorities in England. It brings existing resources together in one place and gives a suggested order in which to work through this material.


The relationship with Local Partnerships gives me invaluable access to commercial, procurement and project delivery expertise. They work flexibly, responding to our changing needs and priorities.

Jasper Roberts, Deputy Director, Waste & Resources Efficiency Division, Welsh Government

Local Partnerships provided excellent support to the Heart of the West LEP. They understood the issues that we are having to deal with and worked with our partners to help align their spatial priorities with the area’s economic plans.

Chris Garcia, Heart of the South West LEP, Chief Executive


Main Contact

Rachel Toresen-Owuor

Programme Director – Re:fit


Mobile: 07825 963218












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