Government launches inquiry into energy efficiency schemes

Published:  17 September, 2015

An inquiry into the running of home energy efficiency schemes is to be held following the end of two key policies – Zero Carbon Homes and the Green Deal.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is also due to come to an end in March 2017, and no replacement schemes are set to be introduced.

The Energy & Climate Chnage Committee will be investigating what lessons can be learnt from these and previous energy efficiency schemes. The evidence received will feed into the scrutiny of energy efficiency policies over the course of this Parliament.

The committee invites responses addressing some, or all, of the following questions in no more than 3000 words:

  • Why have previous approaches to energy efficiency failed to deliver significant results?
  • What lessons can be learnt from current and previous schemes including Green Deal, Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, and ECO?
  • How does the UK’s performance on home energy efficiency compare with other countries? What lessons can be learned from these countries on energy efficiency?

The committee may seek responses to further questions as the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s policy in this area evolves.

Deadline for submissions is 12 October, and these should be submitted via the Home Energy Efficiency Inquiry Page.