HC Deb 26 April 2002 vol 384 c510W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on what has been done to promote energy efficiency since 1997. [51613]

Mr. Meacher

[holding answer 24 April 2002]: The Government has introduced a wide range of measures, including market incentives, financial assistance, legal obligations, and guidance and information, to promote energy efficiency. These include: The Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC) on domestic energy supplies, from 2002 to 2005 The Climate Change Levy and Climate Change Agreements The UK Emissions Trading Scheme The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES) Revised Building Regulations which require high energy efficiency standards The Market Transformation Programme A wide range of measures to support Combined Heat and Power (CHP) The Community Energy capital grant programme Substantial Government funding of the Energy Saving Trust and the Carbon Trust to promote and support energy efficiency in the domestic, public, industry and business sectors.

The majority of DEFRA's financial support for energy efficiency measures is channelled through the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (now marketed as Warm Front), the Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme, the Energy Saving Trust and the Carbon Trust. The total funding made available by my Department and its predecessors to support and promote these efficiency programmes in each year since 1997 is set out below:

1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02
Total funding for energy efficiency £110.5m £109.0m £112.0m £163.5m £224m*
* Includes funding for the Carbon Trust of £26.5 million from recycled Climate Change Levy receipts.