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Insulation: Housing

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the level of uptake of home insulation programmes delivered through commercial energy suppliers; and if he will make a statement. (290885)

Energy supply companies are obligated to provide energy efficiency measures, including insulation, to households via the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) which runs from March 2008 to March 2011.

Ofgem administer the scheme and report to DECC annually on progress. Ofgem's review of the first year of CERT states that between April 2008 and March 2009 suppliers funded a total of 1,243,573 insulation measures. Of this total 545,594 were cavity wall jobs, 689,353 were loft insulation, and 8,626 were solid wall (Additional insulation has been delivered through CERT funded DIY, however as this information is commercial in confidence it will only be published at the end of the scheme).

CERT is the continuation of a series of successful energy efficiency programmes which delivered over 900,000 insulation measures 2002-2005 and over 2.6m measures 2005-08.