Energy: Conservation

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the likely (a) average net contribution to the economy and (b) reductions in carbon emissions of the combined effect of the EU Energy Labelling Directive and Eco-design for Energy Using Products Framework Directive in the next 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Improvements in the sustainability and energy efficiency of domestic, commercial and industrial energy-using products and appliances are recognised as one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing energy demand, carbon emissions and energy bills. A number of measures relating to the Eco-design for energy using products framework directive and the EU energy labelling directive to improve these types of products have been, or are in the process of being, agreed at European level.

Measures agreed so far include minimum energy performance standards and energy labels for products which include televisions, washing machines and fridge freezers. These are projected to reduce UK emissions by around 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtC02e) in 2020, with corresponding net benefits to society of approximately £10 billion over the next 10 years.

It is estimated that the next set of measures to be agreed will save a further six MtC02e in 2020, with corresponding net benefits to society of approximately £5.5 billion over the next 10 years.

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