Energy Efficiency

Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 31 January 2013.

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Labour, Blaenau Gwent 9:30, 31 January 2013

What steps he is taking to help households improve their energy efficiency.

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

The green deal, which went live on Monday 28 January, will help to transform the homes of British consumers over the coming decade and beyond. This transformational policy, alongside the ECO and smart meter roll-out, will drive the development of a new energy efficiency market, providing unprecedented choice, benefits and access to low-cost finance for British consumers.

Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Labour, Blaenau Gwent

Cold weather payments were triggered recently, as deep snow covered Blaenau Gwent, yet in recent months 181 insulation workers have been made redundant in Wales. Instead of the hyperbole, has not the Government’s introduction of the green deal and ECO sadly been woeful?

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

Once again, I hope that the hon. Gentleman will see that the insulation industry has a huge opportunity to move beyond just installing measures such as loft insulation to whole-house retrofits. Of course the industry is in a period of transition, but unless we take this bold step and create a much larger market, we will never tackle fuel poverty and turn around the juggernaut of increasing fuel poverty figures that we inherited from the last Government.