11 Feb 2009 05:02:05
Lord Smith calls for easy access to energy efficiency programme
Environment Agency chairman Chris Smith has urged the government to make access to energy efficient technology "as easy as possible".
Speaking ahead of a government announcement on making a quarter of UK homes more energy efficient, he urged ministers to make the programme easy to use.
"We have to do it by making it as easy as possible for people to take up the efficiency offer," he said. "Take the hassle out of going green no complexity, no daunting forms and I suspect a huge take-up."
Lord Smith also echoed calls by energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband for a project on the scale of the conversion from coal to gas heating in the 1970s.
Mr Miliband and Hazel Blears, secretary of state for communities and local government are expected to make the announcement of the new programme tomorrow (February 12th).
Last year the government made almost £1 billion available for installing insulation in all UK homes.
Residential property is responsible for a quarter of UK emissions 150 million tonnes of CO2 according to the Committee on Climate Change.http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/