1. To make it as easy as possible for people
to make their homes greener, Mr Benn launched the
on CO2 Advice Line
- so that anyone, from anywhere in England, can
call 0800 512 012 to access a one-stop-shop for
free, tailored, impartial advice from the Energy
Saving Trust on how to reduce their carbon footprint.
On top of the advice on how to use less energy
in their homes, callers can now get advice on how
to save water, reduce waste, green their travel
and connect to grants and offers from energy companies.
The UK government is providing the Energy Saving
Trust with more than £100 million over the next
three years to deliver a broader programme for green
homes. It will be rolled-out so that, in 12 months,
there will be a network of one-stop-advice centres
around the country.
2. To demonstrate how communities can live
a low-carbon lifestyle, the Green Neighbourhoods
initiative will give a green makeover to up to 100
neighbourhoods in England with an aim to reduce
their carbon footprints by more than 60 per cent.
Delivered by the Energy Saving Trust and backed
by potentially more than £10 million over the next
three years from the UK government’s domestic Environmental
Transformation Fund, this will call for local alliances
between householders, community groups, local authorities,
energy suppliers, private companies and banks to
bid for funding.
To receive funding, bidders will need to join together
and commit substantial levels of funding from their
own resources to help transform the environmental
performance of a street or local area. This will
demonstrate to others what can be achieved and how
much money householders can save in the longer-term
by working together and taking a holistic approach
to energy saving.
The initiative will include a focus on hard-to-treat
homes - such as Victorian terraces and poorly insulated
tower blocks which often have solid walls or no
loft space - in addition to properties that use
oil or coal for heating, as they have no connection
to the mains gas network. Other actions inside and
outside the home will be encouraged also - including
efficient street lighting and community energy projects,
as well as better water efficiency and more recycling.
The Energy Saving Trust aims to launch a competition
for funding proposals by the end of the year, with
the first successful projects being funded from
3. The CERT (Carbon
Emissions Reduction Target) scheme, which
came into effect on 1 April), doubles previous obligations
on energy companies to help people make their homes
more energy efficient and reduce household emissions.
The total investment is estimated at around £1 billion
a year for three years. Forty per cent of the work
to reduce emissions will be targeted at the over
70s and people on low incomes.
It is estimated that over the next three years
it will fund -