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Government's new energy efficiency strategy is flawed

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 22 November 2012 at 10:31 am

The Government published its new Energy Efficiency Strategy earlier this week, setting out its ambition to save up to 22 power stations-worth of energy by 2020.  The Strategy is aimed at saving energy in housing, transport and manufacturing.  New energy saving initiatives announced today include a labelling scheme for household appliances, five centres to examine how behaviour change can reduce energy demand and a new plan to cut public sector energy use.

Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution, the biggest fuel poverty alliance ever formed in the UK, said:

“The Government’s ambition to cut so much energy is laudable but their plans have a fatal flaw. There is no money on the table to make it happen. A successful energy efficiency programme requires a high level of upfront Government investment. This is why we are calling for carbon tax to be recycled back to households to make their homes super energy efficient.  

"Not only can this provide the incentives needed to persuade households to take up energy efficiency measures, but new research shows it does more to boost the economy than any comparable Government investment or tax cut.  Re-building the UK’s leaky housing stock must be put at the heart of our economic recovery plans. This can slash household energy bills, increase energy security and create up to 130,000 jobs.” To read the report behind these figures, click here.

YouGen is one of more than 120 organiations behind the Energy Bill Revolution, and we wholeheartedly endorse its call for carbon tax to be recycled into making homes energy efficient.


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