The news for energy efficiency in the past week has seemed grim: an EU ruling on VAT rates that will increase the cost of energy efficiency investments by 14% and the announcement of a £40 million cut in DECC’s subsidies for energy efficiency. But let’s not despair. The French treat the issue of VAT differently. If we adopt their approach, we’ll incentivise more action on the energy performance of our homes than the 5% VAT rate alone has done. And there are better ways for DECC to deliver its energy security and climate change objectives. ACE has long called for a more long-term, robust framework that will enable the market for energy efficiency to develop sustainably, and now is the perfect opportunity for DECC to develop this.
Today, General Election day, ACE launches its seven energy efficiency asks for the next Parliament. They are:
1. A new Energy White Paper;
2. Buildings energy efficiency as infrastructure investment;
3. The public sector must take a leadership role;
4. Zero Carbon standard for new homes and commercial buildings;
5. Minimum energy efficiency standards for existing buildings;
6. Incentives for energy efficiency retrofits;
7. Improving access to finance for energy efficiency measures.
'Closer to home' presents the results of a study commissioned by Citizens Advice to investigate national models for locally-led delivery of energy efficiency and fuel poverty services. Led by the Association for the Conservation of Energy with support from CAG Consultants, the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Dr Joanne Wade, the research comprised in-depth interviews with 40 expert stakeholders, five workshops and a survey of 70 local authorities - to develop proposals for a framework to govern greater locally-led delivery.