Carbon Emissions

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 27th February 2009.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps are being taken to ensure the effectiveness of the Act on CO2 campaign in all parts of the UK.

Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Energy and Climate Change)

Our evaluation of the effectiveness of the Act on CO2 campaign looks at a series of measures including:

Response (e.g. website usage);

Campaign awareness, recognition and comprehension (assessed in regular research fieldwork dips); and

Claimed action and declared propensity to change behaviour (from research, as aforementioned).

Since the launch of the current 'Save money save energy' phase of the Act on CO2 campaign on 17 September 2008, the Act on CO2 website has had over 550,000 unique visitors. Since its launch in June 2007 to November 2008 there have been over 1.3 million visitors to the Act on CO2 calculator.

As of December 2008 awareness of the phrase 'Act on CO2' is 72 per cent. and 73 per cent. of respondents currently say they have taken actions or are planning to take actions to reduce their CO2 emissions as a result of the campaign. This compares favourably to 50 per cent. in summer 2007, when research was undertaken to evaluate the first television campaign.

Act on CO2 is currently ran as an England-only campaign. The Devolved Administrations ran their own bespoke communications approaches and therefore we do not actively pursue or measure its effectiveness within the devolved areas.

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