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The Commission for Climate Change (CCC) have today called for
major policy changes to meet the UK’s climate change targets -
which, given the issue seemed to have fallen down the agenda at the
recent G20 meeting - I feel is very timely. I found Lord
Adair Turner’s comments very interesting. Lord Turner, Chair
of the CCC, commented that the recession has created the illusion
progress is being made to reduce carbon emissions, but a step
change is needed in a number of areas, particularly home
insulation, to secure a low-carbon future.
Today also saw Chris Huhne at the Department for Energy &
Climate Change demand energy suppliers work harder to insulate
lofts and walls to ensure low-income households benefit from these
measures, which can offer significant energy bill savings.
This is welcome news, but I would like to see energy efficiency
advice for the most vulnerable get as personal as possible.
The question is, are energy suppliers best placed to provide
this advice? Groundwork has been helping people on
low-incomes reduce their bills and get more heat for their money
for several years, and have found that
providing bespoke advice from someone they trust is a very
effective way to change behaviour.
As Lord Turner suggests, a lot of people have had to learn how to
save energy because times are tight. If the most vulnerable
are given personalised support to understand how energy efficiency
measures can save them money while also reducing carbon emissions,
then that learnt behaviour is likely to continue when the economy
picks up – and ensure as many as possible are able to participate
in the Green Deal of the future.
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