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Carbon Emissions Reduction Target,CESP,Energy Company Obligation,Energy Efficiency Commitment,Fuel Poverty,Green Deal,Warm Front Scheme

ECO and the Green Deal – not enough is not enough

Today ACE and the Energy Bill Revolution publish a set of slides and a briefing which assess the impact of the Government’s current energy efficiency policies and compare them against past performance and what needs to happen to effectively tackle fuel poverty and meet the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change.

We find that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal represent a significant loss of momentum in the deployment of energy efficiency measures compared to previous energy efficiency programmes, especially when considering the large energy efficiency potential still available in the housing stock.

The recent cuts proposed to the ECO are exacerbating this loss of momentum, and the introduction of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is not enough to turn it around. This means that carbon targets recommended by the Committee on Climate Change will be missed and that fuel poverty will worsen.

We are calling for:

 

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New funding deal must reach the fuel poor first

ImageWith Warm Front on the way out the new Energy Company Obligation must have the resources to lift almost 5m households out of fuel poverty

When the Warm Front scheme closes in 18 months, it will mark the first time since 1978 that there has been no taxpayer funded scheme for installing energy efficiency measures into vulnerable and low income households. This is despite there now being more households, approaching 5m, acknowledged to be in fuel poverty than ever before.

The traditional definition of a household being in fuel poverty is when its occupants need to spend upwards of 10 per cent of income (after housing allowances) just to keep warm. This October a government-sponsored inquiry, headed by Professor John Hills, published its provisional conclusions as to whether this definition is in any sense outdated. Given the content of much of the evidence presented to the inquiry, and the results of a similar inquiry in Northern Ireland by Dr Christine Liddell, it would be both surprising and perverse were that objective to be relaxed when the final conclusions appear next January.

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Back to wartime measures in the battle against the scourge of fuel poverty

ImageWith increasing pressure on public sector finances venture capital could be one way to kick start a drive to bring the UK’s homes up to high standards of energy efficiency

In 2000 there were some 3.7m households in Britain living in fuel poverty. Of which 2.8m were in England. Today, the best estimate is that there are over 5m households who need to spend over 10 per cent of their disposable income buying fuel to keep warm in winter.

This is an unacceptable social problem, especially in one of the richest countries in the world. And a real barrier to achieving climate change goals.

Radical steps need to be taken to reverse, then eliminate, this shameful trend. In this column, I will propose what needs to be done to eliminate the problem altogether—so that it becomes as irrelevant as in every other western European country outside the British Isles.

In 2000 the government passed the Warm Homes & Energy Conservation Act. Its objective was clear. In the words of the 2001 Labour election manifesto, “by 2010 no vulnerable household in the UK need risk ill-health due to a cold home”.

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