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Housing: Energy

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for further consultation on economic measures to encourage residential sector energy efficiency. (306987)

The Government will shortly consult on an extension to the end of 2012 of its flagship home energy efficiency programme, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), from its current end date of April 2011. During its current 2008-11 phase, CERT will drive an estimated £3.2 billion investment in home insulation and other energy saving measures to meet a target of 185 MtCO2 lifetime savings. The new 21-month target will be at least as ambitious as the current scheme on a pro rata basis.

The Government also offer other incentives for energy efficiency including:

reduced rates of VAT (5 per cent.) for the professional installation of certain energy saving products within residential properties, including insulation,

a stamp duty relief for new zero-carbon homes, and

the Landlords Energy Savings Allowance, which offers an incentive of up to £1,500 per dwelling for landlords investing in installing specified energy saving items.