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Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 735W, on the Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme, what estimate he has made of the maximum potential cost to a local authority at the bottom of the Carbon Reduction Commitment league table; whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on levels of council tax bills of that scheme; and whether those costs will be classified a new burden. (319738)

The Government have assessed the potential burdens of the CRC energy efficiency scheme on local authorities, and has determined that it will not constitute a new burden. Local authorities already report reductions in CO2 emissions from their estate against National Indicator 185.

Our analysis indicates that participating local authorities should, on average, see savings through reduced energy bills outweighing administrative costs and the cost of investing in energy efficiency measures. The potential savings on energy bills are far higher than the costs incurred through CRC penalties for those at the bottom of the league table.