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04 Feb 2009 05:02:09

Prize for energy efficiency launched

Prize for energy efficiency launched
A £1 million prize has been launched to find energy efficiency solutions and tackle one of the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The Scottish Energy Efficiency Design Awards were launched by environment minister Michael Russell to encourage the development of technologies that will improve the energy performance of existing housing stock.

According to the CCC, residential property is responsible for a quarter of the UK's total emissions – homes emit 150 million tonnes of CO2.

While regulation is getting tighter on new homes – they will have to be zero carbon after 2016 – the majority of the homes that will be in use by then will have been built without such regulations.

So the awards, which will be managed by the Energy Saving Trust, have been set up to "find pioneering and affordable solutions that can inspire others," Mr Russell told delegates at the Scottish Energy & Environment Conference.

He added: "The awards will also help drive sustainable economic growth by encouraging innovation, research and development of new low carbon products and services, cutting fuel bills and fuel poverty in the process."

Earlier this month prime minister Gordon Brown announced a £10 million competition to spur the development of energy efficient technologies which could be used to retrofit existing buildings.



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