The results of Labour's failed domestic energy efficiency strategy
17 Apr 2010 02:04:54
After 13 years of Labour, there is still no clear vision on how to deliver domestic energy efficiency let alone a delivery plan. All we have had is dithering, broken promises and waste at taxpayers' expense.
The three biggest failures have been in 1) engaging homeowners 2) getting consumer facing organisations such as retailers, banks and estate agents to help 3) the lack of joined up thinking which has led to duplicated effort and cost.
The Home Energy Management Strategy will not work because it is public sector led. Where will Councils get the money from? Do they have the staff, skills and resources needed? Whilst they can improve social housing, can they really do the same in private housing? We all need to work together but Labour has unfairly put the onus on Councils and energy suppliers to deliver. The private sector has to do their fair share. More on this next week.
Thousands of hard working, people in the energy efficiency industry who know what needs to be done are therefore frustrated by the situation and the results of Labour's failed energy efficiency strategy speak for themselves:
I propose four key steps that need to be taken by the next Government:
Currently, DECC, CLG, BERR, DEFRA and UKTI all have their say and this has resulted in differences of opinion, dithering and no delivery plan. Umpteen changes in policy and ministers responsible for housing and energy / climate change has certainly not helped.
. Under Labour, there has been an era of empire building, mission creep and duplication of work and costs which has resulted in a jamboree for consultants. We have for example, Energy Savings Trust, Carbon Trust, the Sustainable Development Commission, Envirowise, Countryside Agency, Housing and Communities Agency, Natural England, English Nature, Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes and Zero Carbon Hub which is partly funded by CLG. As a result, there has been overlapping research, projects, workshops, consultations and forums all at taxpayers' expense.
to encourage the innovation, diversity and competition needed to drive forward growth in 'green' services; that encourages, unites and inspires energy suppliers, councils, retailers, banks and estate agents etc to work together with a common goal; that includes a national insulation referral programme at it heart to encourage businesses to refer customers and employees to installers and a consumer driven sales and marketing programme devoid of bureaucracy and jargon that educates, inspires and incentivises consumers to take action.
The public don't want to see ever more of their money being spent on ineffective measures to try and cut emissions, particularly in the wake of the Climate Gate scandal.
All views on the above, welcome.