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Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria were used to determine that hard to treat cavity wall insulation and solid wall insulation would not be identified as separate measures in eco-brokerage contracts and auctions.

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

Brokerage was introduced to increase transparency and liquidity of the ECO market by allowing a range of Green Deal providers, including new SME entrants, to trade with energy companies, thus helping keep cost to bill payers down. In keeping with this aim for transparency, a criterion used when designing brokerage was that it should allow for the trading of those commodities which are relevant to the legal targets set on the obligated energy companies. In the case of the carbon saving element of ECO, that obligation is expressed in carbon tonnes. Hard to treat cavity wall insulation and solid wall insulation are not identified as separate sub-targets. Aligning commodities with the relevant obligation also gives GDPs flexibility in preparing packages of future measures for auction.

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