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2. Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the overall results of energy efficiency year.

16. Mr. Terlezki

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the achievements of energy efficiency year.

Mr. David Hunt

During Energy Efficiency Year my original target of 1,000 events was surpassed by over 50 per cent. Awareness of the Monergy slogan rose from 4 per cent. to around 70 per cent. and energy efficiency survey grants in October were 82 per cent. up on the previous October.

The campaign was highly successful in alerting the nation to the benefits of adopting energy efficiency measures.

As a fitting climax to Energy Efficiency Year the national energy management conference and exhibition was the biggest in its 10-year history—attracting 236 exhibitors and 1,264 delegates.

14. Mr. Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will estimate what savings were made by industry in the north-west of England during and as a result of energy efficiency year.

Mr. David Hunt

Organisations in the north-west have responded enthusiastically both to Energy Efficiency Year and to our continuing campaign to improve energy efficiency. Overall we estimate that energy efficiency measures undertaken by industry and commerce throughout the United Kingdom are currently leading to savings of over £500 million a year.

23. Mr. Rost

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what plans he has to build on the outcome of energy efficiency year.

Mr. David Hunt

I intend to discuss with the industries which have helped in making the year so successful the ways in which we can continue to benefit permanently from the continuation of our mutual aims.

To assist in this I have announced a 14-point programme of action which is summarised as follows:

  1. 1. maintain discussions with the energy efficiency industries
  2. 2. build up the prestige and training of energy managers
  3. 3. expand our monitoring and targeting programme
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  5. 4. encourage management to use the energy efficiency survey schemes
  6. 5. vigorously market the energy efficiency demonstration scheme
  7. 6. improve the performance of the public sector
  8. 7. incorporate energy efficiency measures in major housing rehabilitation schemes
  9. 8. educate every architect in the country on the importance of energy efficiency in building design
  10. 9. create a system of home energy audits that everyone can afford
  11. 10. publish a simple checklist for house purchasers to evaluate standards of energy efficiency in their prospective home
  12. 11. expand community insulation projects for low income families
  13. 12. double the number of demonstration projects in buildings
  14. 13. allocate a good proportion of our Research and Development fund to energy efficiency
  15. 14. ensure that the financial institutions recognise the importance of funding energy efficiency projects.

These proposals were universally welcomed by my energy efficiency strategy board last week and, together with the continuing intiatives being taken by my energy efficiency office, will further accelerate the pace of progress towards greater energy efficiency.

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