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Low Carbon Buildings Programme

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent steps he has taken to increase take up of grants provided by the Low Carbon Buildings Programme; and if he will make a statement. (202954)

The following steps have been taken to encourage increased uptake of grants provided under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

The household stream of the programme has been extended to June 2010 for new applications or as long as funds are available, whichever is sooner. The extension to June 2010 gives business longer term certainty and is an excellent opportunity to encourage uptake in microgeneration technologies along with changes in planning requirements, which came into effect on 6 April 2008.

The Government are working with the Energy Saving Trust to promote the Low Carbon Buildings Programme household funding stream, raising awareness of the funds that remain available to successful applicants. To date, we have used both their advice network and market segmentation models to target those that are most likely to install microgeneration technologies and apply for grants.

Further details are available at:

www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk

The level of grant available in phase 2 has been increased to 50 per cent. for all technologies supported through the programme. We believe that raising the grant caps to 50 per cent. across all technologies will increase interest in the grants programme, although we will also be implementing a nationwide awareness raising campaign. We are working with Building Research Establishment, the programme manager for phase 2 of the LCBP, to deliver a series of regional events and a positive marketing programme to promote the programme to eligible organisations.

Further details are available at:

www.lowcarbonbuildingsphase2.org.uk

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he has taken since the re-launch of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to increase grant takeup by private householders; and if he will make a statement. (202961)

The household stream of the programme has been extended to June 2010 for new applications or as long as funds are available, whichever is sooner. The extension to June 2010 gives business longer term certainty and is an excellent opportunity to encourage uptake in microgeneration technologies along with changes in planning requirements, which came into effect on 6 April 2008. Over the past month we have seen an increase in take up. In April we saw £313,374.40 committed to 293 householders.

The Government are continuing to work with the Energy Saving Trust to promote the Low Carbon Buildings Programme household funding stream, raising awareness of the funds that remain available to successful applicants. To date, we have used both their advice network and market segmentation models to target those that are most likely to install microgeneration technologies and apply for grants, and will be looking to continue with this approach going forward.

Further details are available at:

www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much in grant funding under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme has been provided in each region. (202962)

Information on grant funding per region can be found on the Low Carbon Buildings Programme website at:

http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk/info/stats/

and

http://www.lowcarbonbuildingsphase2.org.uk/reportsummary.jsp