03 Sep 2009 08:09:10
DECC commits to UK carbon reduction pledge
The UK government's newly unveiled 10:10 carbon emissions reduction scheme will enable 90,000 low-income families to reduce their annual emissions by as much as 20 percent.
That is according to details revealed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc), which said that the energy saving scheme should help deliver £300 reductions to yearly fuel bills for some households in poor areas.
It also noted that its Carbon Emissions Reduction Target has helped insulate some 1.2 million residential properties in the past year, funding the installation of enough loft insulation to stretch from the UK to Australia and back.
Responding to the launch of the 10:10 campaign, which is urging businesses and individuals to cut their CO2 emissions by 10 percent in 2010, the Decc claimed that it is on course to cut its own emissions by that amount before April.
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband said: "As government, we are in the best position to make it as easy as possible for everyone to cut their carbon emissions.
"We will cut emissions in the UK by at least a third by 2020."
In order to encourage homeowners to reduce their carbon footprints, the government will also be introducing a Pay as You Save initiative from next year, which will allow home energy retrofits to be paid for through the financial savings made.http://campaigns2.direct.gov.uk/actonco2/home.html