Climate Change Minister gave evidence to Lords

15 June 2011

Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, gave evidence to two Lords Committees in a one-off evidence session on Wednesday 15 June, to assess what impact new EU proposals on energy efficiency and the low carbon economy will have on people and businesses

Members of the Lords EU Internal Market, Energy and Transport and EU Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment Sub-Committees, questioned Mr Barker about proposals from the European Commission for the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 and a low carbon economy roadmap.


The Minister and officials gave evidence on Wednesday 15 June in the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster 

  • Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change

Topics included:

  • whether households' energy bills will increase due to the EU's requirement that energy companies help consumers make their homes more energy efficient
  • whether the EU will achieve its target of 20% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020
  • why the European Commission has not proposed a firm target for emissions to be reduced by 30% by 2020, which the UK Government advocate
  • whether the agricultural industry is able to increase food production and bio-energy whilst lowering greenhouse gas emissions
  • EU Environment Ministers discussed the low carbon economy roadmap on Tuesday 21 June.
  • Click here to view the corrected transcript of the evidence session

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