The ACE campaigns team has successfully kept the issue of energy conservation in the forefront of the national media for many years. We maintain close working relations with politicians, bureaucrats and other key decision-makers, along with many other pressure groups, NGOs and key energy related organisations.
ACE has been acknowledged to be one of the most vocal lobby groups in the UK, and will continue to exert pressure at home and in the European Parliament to ensure that energy conservation – the fifth fuel – is not overlooked.
ACE’s tireless campaigning has:
- developed the concept of securing funding for energy saving programmes (EEC, CERT, CESP etc) via the energy companies, rather than public expenditure,
- ensured that Building Regulations have been regularly upgraded to achieve greater energy efficiency,
- secured minimum energy efficiency standard for the private rented sector,
- been responsible for the vast majority of the energy efficiency legislation since 1995 – e.g. the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, the Warm Homes Act 2000, Planning and Energy Act 2008, as well as delivering the various reductions to VAT rates on energy saving materials,
- finally persuaded the government to assess how much energy it is possible to save, and thus how many new power stations this obviates.
But this is not enough – here is what is still needed:
- a smooth transition from CERT to Green Deal/ECO to ensure continuity, particularly for the insulation industry,
- the timely introduction of ambitious upgrades to the Building Regulations in 2013,
- the use of carbon tax revenues post-2013 to fund a nationwide energy efficiency retrofit programme, prioritising the homes of the fuel poor,
- a demand reduction strategy (including an energy efficiency incentive in the current Energy Bill) so that for the first time demand reduction can be pursued as a valid alternative investment programme to yet further supply expenditure,
- the introduction of a range of fiscal incentives to encourage energy efficiency, including variable stamp duty/council tax rates, alongside an extension of existing reduced VAT rates and the Landlords’ Energy Saving Allowance,
- a renewed commitment by Government to eradicate fuel poverty.
We need your help to achieve these objectives.
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