Housing Minister Yvette Cooper's Energy Performance Certificates - to be part of the new Home Information Packs being introduced next June - are not enough by themselves
Keith Taylor, Green Party Principal Speaker commented: "Without the right frameworks in place to enable and encourage energy efficient homes - such as sufficient grants for the installation of renewables and easily accessible advice on reducing energy consumption, these measures will not make much difference."
"Whilst we welcome any attempt to raise awareness of the devastating impact of climate change, and the role energy efficiency can play in alleviating this threat, tinkering round the edges is not enough. There must be a massive expansion of the Renewables Obligation requiring electricity companies to source more of their power from renwables, 25% by 2020. The Green Party would also introduce a Demand Reduction Obligation: extending the current Energy Efficiency Commitment to cover the commercial, industrial and public administration sectors. Only with a comprehensive approach to reducing energy demand and increasing energy efficiency, whilst investing in renewable sources, can we hope to alleviate climate catastrophe and attain energy supply security."