Andrew Cooper has worked in the housing and energy sector since 1993 when he became Kirklees Councils first Energy Efficiency Coordinator, he went on to work for neighbouring Calderdale Council introducing the UKs 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 and Director of Advice and Policy at Yorkshire Energy Services. He is a Regional Campaigns Coordinator for the Green Party.
Andrew was elected to Kirklees Council in May 1999 as a Green Party Councillor and has been re-elected 6 times in the Newsome Ward. He proposed the UK’s first universally free insulation scheme which saw over 50,000 Kirklees homes insulated by 2011 and was the most successful insulation scheme in the country according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change. 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. This scheme was the winner of the British Renewable Energy Awards in 2010. In 2009 he was recognised in the Independent on Sundays list of the top 100 Environmentalists (Number 59) and was the only Councillor on the list. Andrew is the Green Party’s National Energy Spokesperson. Kirklees Council is installed solar PV on 800 homes of low income householders in a scheme Andrew initiated.