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Low Carbon Buildings Programme

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what grant funding is available to businesses under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in 2008-09. (212348)

Under the Low Carbon Buildings programme (LCBP), with an £86 million budget, around £30 million has been allocated to 6,300 projects, including £6.5 million to 154 projects in the private sector. Although all funding streams for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have now closed to new applicants, we are working closely with the Carbon Trust on a number of private sector projects to raise awareness of the potential for combining microgeneration with energy efficiency to develop low carbon buildings. Further details are available at

www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk.

Support is available to businesses through the renewables obligation (RO) , the Government's main mechanism for encouraging new renewable electricity generation. All eligible renewable electricity generation installations receive renewable obligation certificates (ROCs). We have announced that under proposed reforms to the RO, microgenerators will be able to claim 2 ROCs for every IMWh of renewable electricity generated. When these changes are introduced the support that microgeneration installations receive from the RO will double to the highest level available.

Advice is available from a number of sources, including the Carbon Trust who provides site surveys to organisations, including SMEs, looking to reduce their energy demand, save money and manage their carbon emissions more efficiently. Further details are available at www.carbontrust.co.uk/solutions/sme_toolkit.htm. Further assistance is available through Business Link at www.businesslink.gov.uk and Regional Development Agencies at

www.englandsrdas.com.

The Renewable Energy Strategy consultation due in the summer will include considerations of the role that microgeneration and distributed energy will play going forward. This will consider a range of possible initiatives such as financial or regulatory instruments, voluntary guidance and providing better information to business and consumers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of grant funding under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme went to public sector projects in 2007. (212365)

Under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme 10 per cent. of the £86 million budget was committed to public sector projects in 2007.