Energy Bill receives second Parliament reading
The Energy Bill to bring in the Coalition’s government’s Green Deal has had its second reading in Parliament. The Bill has been designed to provide households and businesses with loans so that they can implement green measures into their buildings without any upfront cost.
The loans would be repaid via energy bills which would be covered by the savings that result from improvements in energy efficiency.
However, the bill has caused controversy amongst green campaigners who say that the Government should be doing more to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint. Friends of the Earth spokesman Craig Bennett is one of many critics to share their views with businessgreen.com.
He said: “Chris Huhne promised the Green Deal would be the most ambitious energy saving plan ever, yet it will leave millions of poorer families out in the cold.
“We need a comprehensive strategy for a nationwide refit of the UK’s cold and draughty homes to tackle climate change and end fuel poverty – starting by ensuring that rented homes meet a basic standard of heating and insulation.”
Improving the thermal performance of homes
One way the Government could achieve this is by dedicating funds towards building cladding in some of the UK’s most run down areas.
Using cladding panels combined with insulation can significantly improve the thermal performance of homes and dramatically reduce heating bills.
In an interview with The Guardian, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas agreed that the Energy Bill “seriously lacks ambition.”