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Carbon Emissions: Telephone Services

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) set-up and (b) maintenance costs of the Act on CO2 advice line are; and how many calls have been received on the line since its establishment. (254127)

DECC grant fund the Energy Saving Trust (EST) for their work as independent and trusted experts in the carbon abatement field. Total grant funding to EST for 2008-09 was £35.2 million. The EST is contributing to the Government's Act on CO2 campaign by running the Act on CO2 advice line and nationwide network of regional advice centres, which provide the consumer with comprehensive and tailored advice on how to reduce their carbon footprint. The funding of specific EST activities is a matter for EST's board.

I understand from the Trust that since the establishment of the Act on CO2 advice line in April 2008 it has received 407,944 calls up to December 2008.