If the Government is to electrify our power generation then our appliances must become more efficient. And Government has to appreciate the absolutely critical area of electricity consumption - the products we use in our homes and at work. We have to ensure that only the most efficient products are installed, in order to make certain that we end up with lower fuel bills once we have decarbonised our electricity system. Responsibility for product policy should be moved from the environment Department to the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Scottish Government Ministers are coming under increasing pressure not to backtrack on their plans for greener buildings. The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) today warned there would be a "severe and damaging impact" if as feared there is a delay and watering down of green standards for new homes. In a strongly-worded letter to John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth and Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning, in the Scottish Government, they urged the Government to stick to its original roadmap - the so-called Sullivan Report - to deliver very low carbon new buildings in 2013 and zero-carbon new buildings in 2016.
ACE Research presented two papers at the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's biennial Summer Study a fortnight ago. The first investigates the energy efficiency implications of an ageing population in the context of constricted housing supply. The second examined the history of the Green Deal's development to date. Continue reading to find the abstracts, along with links to the full papers and their presentations.