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Environment Protection: Technology

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of economic recovery stimulus packages are being utilised for environmentally-friendly technologies in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (262988)

I have been asked to reply.

At the pre-Budget report (PBR), the Government announced £3 billion of capital spending stimulus, including a £535 million green stimulus to support low carbon growth and jobs, while still meeting ambitious long-term goals. This green stimulus supports programmes such as Warm Front and Decent Homes that include the installation of thermal insulation and efficient heating technologies, to save energy and cut CO2 emissions.

PBR’s green stimulus included £100 million of new funding for Warm Front, on top of £50 million brought forward to support the economy. This will reduce CO2 emissions and help around 60,000 low-income households cut their energy use through insulation and improved heating systems. For 2008-09, £50 million of the new stimulus funding was added to existing Warm Front funding for the year of £345 million. From 1 April 2008 to 25 January 2009, over £346 million had been spent on Warm Front, with 6 per cent. of households assisted located in the North East region.

In PBR the Government also announced additional brought forward expenditure to sustain and accelerate the Decent Homes programme in 2009-10. Significant elements of this will support expenditure above existing national budgets provided to schemes previously identified by partners in the ALMO and transfer programmes. Additional brought forward capital, up to a maximum total value of £100 million, will be available to ALMOs in 2009-10 and the HCA has written to ALMO chief executives on the process for accessing this. A proportion of this spending will go towards energy efficiency and heating technologies, although we are unable to identify funding for this separately.