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Home energy efficiency and demand reduction

Energy efficiency and demand reduction is one of the most cost effective ways to cut carbon emissions, improve energy security and reduce consumer bills. However, the Government has announced the end of two key policies – Zero Carbon Homes and the Green Deal - without bringing forward any replacement schemes. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is also due to come to an end in March 2017.

Objectives of the consultation

The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) launched this inquiry into home energy efficiency to investigate what lessons can be learnt from these and previous energy efficiency schemes.  The evidence received will feed into energy efficiency policies over the course of this Parliament.

The Committee invited responses addressing some, or all, of the following questions in no more than 3000 words:

  • Why have previous approaches to energy efficiency failed to deliver significant results?
  • What lessons can be learnt from current and previous schemes including Green Deal, Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, and ECO?
  • How does the UK’s performance on home energy efficiency compare with other countries? What lessons can be learned from these countries on energy efficiency?

This inquiry closed on 12 October 2015. The Committee may seek responses to further questions as DECC’s policy in this area evolves.

CIBSE response

CIBSE response to this inquiry was published, amongst other submissions, on the Energy and Climate Change Committee website. To read CIBSE response please follow the link below.

Results of the consultation and next steps

The Energy and Climate Change Committee published a report summarising evidence on lessons learnt from current and previous energy efficiency schemes on 12 March 2016. CIBSE evidence is cited in three places in the report. To read the report please follow the link below.

The Government has now published its response to the ECCC Report, see the link below: