Cllr Andrew Cooper
Speaking at: Yorkshire Roadshow - Sheffield - 12 November 2013
Andrew Cooper has worked in the housing and energy sector since 1993 when he became Kirklees Council's first Energy Efficiency Coordinator; he then went on to work for Calderdale Council introducing the UK's first universally free insulation for pensioners. He has since then worked on Regional Energy Policy for Yorkshire and Humber Assembly and has been Head of On Site Renewables for the Renewable Energy Association.
Andrew was Director of Advice and Policy at Yorkshire Energy Services where he managed the Energy Saving Trust advice centre for South and West Yorkshire. He now leads on business development for tadea in the Yorkshire and Humber Region.
Andrew was elected to Kirklees Council in May 1999 as a Green Party Councillor and has been re-elected three times in the Newsome Ward. He proposed the UK's first universally free insulation scheme with the aim of insulating 50'000 Kirklees homes. In 2000 he initiated the Council's Renewable Energy Fund which has seen Kirklees become the leading authority in the deployment of microgeneration technologies with over 5% of the UK's Solar Capacity in the borough.
In 2008 Andrew successfully obtained funding for the Kirklees RE-Charge scheme which provides householders with renewable technology for their homes with no upfront costs or monthly payments. Last year he was recognised in the Independent on Sunday's list of the top 100 Environmentalists and was the only Councillor on the list.