Mark Kenber: Energy efficiency should be key to Energy Bill and not an afterthought
- 29 November 2012
LONDON: Today the UK Government unveiled its Energy Bill, which sets out a roadmap for transforming the UK into a low carbon economy.
Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, comments on the Energy Bill:
"An energy policy fit for purpose in the 21st century needs to address energy security, affordability and decarbonization.
"To address these it must ensure a radically increased clean energy supply and increased energy efficiency. The Energy Bill does a fair amount of the first but very little on the latter.
"While it shields firms from higher energy costs it does very little to shield households from higher energy bills and reduce fuel poverty. It is important to bear in mind that it is not the increase in cost of energy per unit, but the total bill that households actually pay, which is the critical thing.
"Scaling up energy efficiency measures – things like better insulation, low energy lighting and smarter appliances can have a massive difference to families’ energy bills. Done right, these kinds of measures can lead to lower bills at the same time that energy prices are rising.
"The government truly needs to be pushing forward on energy efficiency and clean energy systems. The solutions are there. Energy efficiency consultations should be a key part of the Energy Bill and not an afterthought.”
Read more on the UK Energy Bill here.