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Energy: Housing

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the level of contribution of changes in household energy use towards achievement of UK carbon dioxide emission reduction targets for (a) 2020 and (b) 2050. (281241)

The information is as follows:

(a) The most recent published update to our energy and carbon dioxide emission projections, made in November 2008, estimated that the policies and measures in the 2007 Energy White Paper and the 2006 UK Climate Change Programme would result in carbon savings from the residential sector in the year 2020 of about 46 Mt CO2. This was out of a total level of carbon savings of around 119 Mt CO2 equivalent, which these policy packages were predicted to deliver across all sectors of the UK economy.

(b) It is clear that improving the energy efficiency of our homes and appliances will continue to play a vital role in meeting our emissions reductions targets out to 2050 and beyond. We will be describing this in more detail in the White Paper on Energy and Climate Change scheduled for publication in July.