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Energy Efficiency

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what targets his Department has for improving energy efficiency; and how he intends to achieve them. [119948]

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's targets for improving energy efficiency and the ways in which we intend to achieve them are set out in Chapter 3 of the Energy White Paper, published on 24 February this year. We propose action to tighten Building Regulations with the aim of bringing forward the next revision of the Building Regulations in 2005. This will raise building fabric and services standards and enable developers to take the benefits of using low carbon solutions such as solar water heating and photovoltaics in overall building solutions. We will also encourage greater energy efficiency in homes through the decent homes target to ensure that all social housing is made decent by 2010 and through our delivery of the Sustainable Communities Action Plan.