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Committee examine Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements

26 February 2019

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee begins its inquiry into the Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings.

The inquiry is examining whether Government’s current delivery of energy efficiency improvements within residential, commercial and public-sector buildings is consistent with meeting targets set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, and the fourth and fifth carbon budgets.

Purpose of the session

The first evidence hearing  is likely to examine the mechanism used by the Government to improve the energy efficiency of low-income and fuel poor households - ECO3 – and to explore the role of city and local authorities in delivering the Government’s energy efficiency targets as well as looking more closely at the rented sector.

The inquiry will look at the importance of energy efficiency in achieving the carbon emissions targets set out in the Government’s Carbon Budgets and will also include a focus on action to upgrade the energy efficiency of fuel-poor homes and the Government’s work to drive demand for energy efficiency measures within able to pay households. The inquiry comes ahead of the spending review later this year and the Government’s revision of the fuel poverty strategy.

The National Infrastructure Commission has recommended that the Government should be installing 21,000 energy efficiency measures a week by 2020, although current rates are just 9,000 a week.

Witnesses

Tuesday 26 February 2019, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 10am

  • Laurence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK
  • Dhara Vyas,Head of Future Energy Services, Citizens Advice
  • Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research, National Energy Action (NEA)
  • David Weatherall, Head of Policy, Energy Saving Trust

At 10.45am

  • Amy Simmons, Head of Policy, National Housing Federation
  • Dr Joanne Wade OBE, Deputy Director, Association for Decentralised Energy
  • Polly Billington, Director, UK100
  • Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor, Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority

Further information

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