To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
(1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of small businesses that will cease trading as a result of the ending of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Community Energy Saving Programme schemes;
(2) what assessment he has made of the number of job losses that will result from the ending of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Community Energy Saving Programme schemes to insulate homes.
I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) will transition to the new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) at the end of 2012. We are considering responses to the recent public consultation on Green Deal and ECO, and detailed consideration of the impact this transition has on the industry, including on small businesses, will be included in the final version of the impact assessment accompanying the Government's response. We currently estimate that Government programmes to promote energy efficiency will support around 65,000 insulation sector jobs in 2015, which represents an increase from the present total of 27,000 jobs.