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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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Energy Efficiency,Energy Efficiency Commitment,Energy Efficient Buildings,Energy Performance Certificates,Stamp Duty

Buy a home and get money back from the government

The Prime Minister was unequivocal. This summer his Government will introduce a new incentive scheme to encourage home movers to invest in energy saving measures.

At his most recent monthly cross-examination by House of Commons Committee chairs, he quite specifically described it as a “stamp duty discount for people who take action to improve the energy performance and energy efficiency of their homes” (Q49).

I only wish that this description had been accurate. Sadly it is not. Because formally the new scheme is not directly related to the stamp duty transaction. And, due to that, it can be argued there is no requirement whatsoever for the key professional groups involved in the buying and selling of homes – specifically, solicitors and licensed conveyancers, and estate agents – to inform anybody about the new scheme.

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Energy Efficiency Commitment,Energy End-use and Energy Services directive

This is one garment that will not fit all sizes

ImageIs the Energy Efficiency Commitment the right tool for the UK Government to meet its commitments to the new European Energy End-use and Energy Services directive?

Throughout the western world, the drafty state of British homes has long been a standing joke. The widespread introduction of central heating may have eliminated winter chilblains as a consequential common illness. But it has not stopped all too many of us from spending more on heating the birds on the roof, than keeping ourselves comfortable.

It is widely accepted that even today the average homes could easily operate just as successfully, whilst burning just two-thirds the fuel. In all too many cases, that percentage figure is even higher.

In some ways, this makes the government’s task of meeting its obligations under the new European directive, Energy End-use & Energy services, rather easier than for most of its counterparts.

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Energy Efficiency Commitment,Germany

Why our flagship programme is failing to fly high

ImageGermany has committed over £1bn to upgrading the energy efficiency of its housing stock every year. The UK mus ensure that the more modest Energy Efficiency Commitment at least delivers what it promises

More fuel is burnt in homes than in any other part of the economy. Which is why, in every developed nation, governments are anxious to reduce unnecessary consumption. The motivations may differ in priority: minimising energy imports; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; releasing money saved for spending elsewhere in the economy.

But everywhere, efforts are being made to cajole householders to cut back on fuel profligacy. Mostly this takes the form of tax breaks. In France, for years, householders have been able to offset money spent on energy saving devices against taxation. The new German government has switched in favour of dishing out more immediate grants to encourage such investments.

Berlin has a systematic 20-yearprogramme, intended to bring every pre-1978 home up to contemporary standards. Five per cent of existing homes are upgraded each year. To achieve this, the German government has quadrupled the relevant budget. So that each year, there is around 1,400 billion euros (about £1.1 bn) available.

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demand-side measures,Energy Efficiency Commitment,Energy Review

Why we must not forget demand-side measures

ImageTwo highly successful energy-saving programmes may be under threat in the Government’s Energy Review as a result of a fixation on supply-side measures

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So why on earth is anybody involved with the government’s present Energy Review even considering reining back on government energy saving programmes – just about the most effective around?

Consider the two main flagship programmes for energy saving, for heavy industry and for the residential sector. Both have been so much more successful than anybody was predicting – even as recently as spring 1983, when the Prime Minister launched the first new Energy White paper in a generation.

Let us take the Climate Change Agreements. These are the deals negotiated with 43 separate sectors of the economy. These offer whopping 80% discounts on the business energy tax (called the Climate Change Levy). In exchange for commitments to reduce energy consumption.

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Energy Efficiency Commitment,Energy Policy

Runaway success requires Government commitment

ImageThe Energy Efficiency Commitment has produced over 40 per cent extra savings than anticipated. It’s time for the Government to ensure that the scheme is taken to the next level

This November the UK government will finally publish its review of its climate change programme. Concentrating specifically on what needs to be done over the next fifteen years. Given the relentless rise in overall carbon dioxide emissions during this decade, it must seem to be a truly Sisyphean task, pushing heavy boulders endlessly up hill.

So let me turn the spotlight this month onto one boulder that is even now running down the other side of the hill far faster than expected – an energy saving initiative which is saving far more carbon than forecast. Which, if it is judiciously managed, should go on to deliver even more climate change benefits than anybody anticipated. All whilst being lauded by the National Audit Office as highly cost-effective. And not costing the Exchequer a single penny.

The scheme is called the Energy Efficiency Commitment. It has only statutorily been in existence since 2002. But its provenance dates back a decade earlier, when the then gas regulator Sir James McKinnon announced that he was requiring British Gas, then the sole company providing gas to householders, to spend a certain amount of money each year on installing energy saving measures in customers‚ homes. He did this following some work he had commissioned from my own Association, which showed how US state regulators had mandated similar schemes by many American utility companies.

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