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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on energy conservation. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    10.08.2016Commons Library analysis: The Renewable Heat Incentive
    The Renewable Heat Incentive aims to support households and businesses to generate renewable heat for their buildings. Regulations introduced this month will prevent some biomass-CHP plant from receiving the (higher) biomass-CHP tariff for all their heat output unless a power efficiency threshold of 20% is met. The scheme is funded to 2020.
    14.07.2016Commons Library Analysis: UK Fifth Carbon Budget
    The Government has to set the UK Fifth Carbon Budget for 2028-2032 and decide whether to follow the advice from the Committee on Climate Change. The draft Carbon Budget Order 2016 is to be considered by the 3rd Delegated Legislation Committee on 18 July 2016.
    13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Environment
    This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on the environment.
    24.06.2016Energy Policy Overview
    This note provides an overview of the current Government's energy policy.
    10.05.2016Zero Carbon Homes
    Proposals for zero carbon homes and the Government's decision not to proceed with the scheme announced in July 2015
    13.04.2016Green Investment Bank
    The Green Investment Bank was set up by the Government to stimulate investment in green infrastructure in 2012. Privatisation was announced in 2015.
    10.03.2016British Summer Time
    For a number of years there have been calls to change clock times in the UK, so that more daylight would be experienced in the evenings rather than mornings throughout the year. The issue continues to be regularly raised in Parliament. This Briefing Paper provides an overview of the pros and cons of British Summer Time and proposals for further changes to clock times. It also summarises recent legislative attempts to change clock times in the UK.
    01.02.2016Help with energy bills
    This Commons Library Briefing paper sets out sources of financial and practical help for constituents with domestic energy bills. It links to sources for more information. It also outlines policy developments in this area.
    14.12.2015ECO, the Energy Company Obligation
    This Commons Briefing paper sets out the details of the Government's Energy Company Obligation scheme that provides funding for energy efficiency measures for difficult to treat homes and the homes of 'those most in need.'
    23.01.2015Infrastructure Bill: Energy and Climate Change measures
    The Infrastrucutre Bill 2014-15 provides a number of new powers and regualtions that relate to energy and climate change. The note provides information on some of these for the Commons Report stage debate.

    Lords Library Notes

    13.06.2013Energy Bill (HL Bill 30 of 2013-14)
    The Energy Bill is intended to establish a framework for delivering secure, affordable and low-carbon energy. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 18 June 2013.
    08.01.2010Debate on 14th January: The Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change. LLN 2010/001
    Debate on 14th January: The Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change. This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday 14th January: 'To call attention to the outcome of the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change' The UN Conference on Climate Change took place in Copenhagen from 7th-19th December 2009. This Note explains the significance of the Conference in the context of previous international agreements on climate change, sets out the major disagreements that marred the negotiating process in Copenhagen and summarises the key elements contained in the final Copenhagen Accord. It considers analysis of the Accord's achievements and shortcomings, and summarises the reactions of key nations and interest groups.


    03.05.2016Carbon Footprint of Heat Generation
    Heat Policy takes into account the carbon footprint of different heating technologies. This POSTnote summarises evidence about the carbon footprints of current and emerging heating technologies in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. It then outlines wider considerations for heat policy and broad assessments of the 'best' way to reduce emissions from heating.
    07.09.2015Trends in Energy
    Providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a key issue in UK policy. Energy policy can be informed by current energy sector trends and projections into the future. This briefing outlines key trends in energy, the factors driving these changes and future projections. It also highlights the implications and challenges of these trends.
    11.07.2014Smart Metering of Energy and Water
    Smart meters record energy and water usage and improve how this information is relayed to both consumer and suppliers. The Government plans to roll-out smart meters of electricity and gas to all households in Great Britain by the end of 2020. This POSTnote examines the potential benefits and risks associated with smart metering of both water and energy, and the challenges for the energy smart metering roll-out.
    13.01.2014Electricity Demand-Side Response
    Demand-Side Response describes electricity users (the demand side) changing their patterns of use in response to incentives. It is one of several options eligible for Government support introduced by the 2013 Energy Act. This POSTnote outlines DSR, how it is provided, its role for the UK and its potential future development.
    06.08.2012Energy Use Behaviour Change
    This POSTnote introduces the factors and interventions that can influence behaviour, and discusses the behavioural aspects of the Green Deal and the smart meters programme.
    25.05.2012Assessing Energy Efficiency
    This POSTnote examines definitions of energy efficiency, looks at methods to measure and verify achieved energy savings and summarises UK and EU polices to promote energy efficiency.

    Select Committee Reports

    07.09.2010Low carbon technologies in a green economy.
    Government response. Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report [Commons]
    17.03.2010Low carbon technologies in a green economy.
    Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report [Commons]
    17.03.2010The proposals for national policy statements on energy.
    Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report [Commons]
    02.02.2009Programmes to reduce household energy consumption.
    Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House recognises that the severe cold weather conditions have made it a difficult winter for constituents across the country, on top of challenging economic circumstances; ...
    That this House praises the Warm Front scheme which has helped insulate thousands of homes since it was set up by the previous Labour government; notes how the scheme has helped vulnerable ...
    That this House notes the excellent work of the Close the Door campaign in Bristol and Cambridge, the campaign which aims to conserve energy by asking retailers to keep their doors ...
    That this House notes that the evidence submitted to the recent consultation on the draft national policy statement for energy infrastructure by the Association for the Conservation ...
    That this House supports WWF's Earth Hour 2010; notes the event's record of persuading one billion people worldwide to sign up to switch off their lights for an hour at 8.30 pm on 27 ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses