Energy Saving Trust

Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley 10:30 am, 7th July 2011

What assessment he has made of the performance of the Energy Saving Trust; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Energy Saving Trust has helped to deliver substantial carbon savings and has assisted in Government energy efficiency objectives. However, the step change in ambition that will come with the roll-out of the green deal will include the Government ending dependence on just one monopoly provider and opening up the market for advice and best practice to dynamic competition.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

I agree that the Energy Saving Trust has done great work. It has been publicly funded and it has provided a lot of advice and resources for people, so why will the Minister not ensure that all that publicly funded advice and resource information published to date continues to be available to the public through an organisation that will become a social enterprise?

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

There will continue to be publicly funded information, particularly on the green deal. We believe that the public should get the very best information and that the way to achieve that is by opening up the provision of advice to competition, rather than by just continuing with one monopoly provider. The Energy

Saving Trust has done good work in the past, and we certainly anticipate that it will be part of the tender for the new provision of advice under the green deal.