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Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many compact fluorescent light bulbs have been provided under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme in each of the last five years; (289600)

(2) how many compact fluorescent light bulbs have been issued without charge under (a) the Warm Front Scheme and (b) the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme in each of the last five years.

The information is as follows:

(a) The number of compact fluorescent light bulbs issued under the Warm Front Scheme in each of the last five years is provided in the following table.

Scheme year

Number of compact fluorescent light bulbs issued under the Warm Front Scheme

2004-05

416,168

2005-06

346,368

2006-07

506,158

2007-08

537,800

2008-09

467,188

The cost of providing two compact fluorescent light bulbs is currently £8.09, which is deducted from the available household grant.

(b) The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme commenced in April 2008. 152.6 million compact fluorescent light bulbs were issued in the period April 2008 to March 2009.

101.8 million compact fluorescent light bulbs were issued under the previous three-year scheme (April 2005 to March 2008).

39.7 million compact fluorescent light bulbs were issued under the first supplier obligation scheme (April 2002 to March 2005).

Under the three schemes a significant percentage of compact fluorescent light bulbs (approximately 75 per cent.) are understood to have been distributed by energy suppliers without charge.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions his Department estimates have been avoided as a result of the provision of compact fluorescent light bulbs under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme in each of the last five years. (289601)

The estimated annual savings from the compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) installed and used since April 2005 and up to March 2009 are estimated as 5.9 TWh of electricity and annual savings of 1.95MtCO2. This is based on 254 million CFLs distributed and builds in the following assumptions:

An average use of light bulbs of 460 hours a year.

The heat replacement effect.

Around 5 per cent. of the CFLs are not installed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what process is used to determine the type of compact fluorescent light bulbs that are sent to energy customers under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme. (289602)

Energy suppliers are free to promote to consumers any compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) that has been proven to save energy and carbon. Up to 1 January 2010, at which point direct mail CFLs are to be withdrawn from CERT, it is at suppliers' discretion which CFL type they promote, within Ofgem's guidance. The guidance states that only four CFLs per customer are eligible to be sent directly and that any pack of four bulbs has to include at least two types.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1369W, on the Warm Front Scheme, what steps his Department takes to ensure that compact fluorescent light bulbs sent to Warm Front customers are suitable for the light fittings at their property. (289770)

All compact fluorescent light bulbs issued to Warm Front customers are supplied with standard British bayonet cap fittings. Bayonet cap fittings are suitable for use in more than 95 per cent. of the light fittings in England.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1369W, on the Warm Front scheme, what process is used to determine the type of compact fluorescent light bulbs sent to Warm Front customers. (289771)

The type of compact fluorescent light bulb issued to Warm Front customers is a 11 Watt replacement for a 40Watt incandescent light bulb, one of the most common light bulbs used in England.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1369W, on the Warm Front scheme, how many compact fluorescent light bulbs were sent on to each Warm Front customer in the latest period for which figures are available. (289772)

Households eligible for assistance under the Warm Front scheme each receive two compact fluorescent light bulbs.