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Greater Manchester

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects on that constituency of his Department's policies since its inception. (322143)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has implemented a large number of policies to address energy security, emissions reductions, low carbon economic growth and fuel poverty. Some of the key achievements are set out as follows, along with information on the number of households assisted by the Warm Front scheme in Manchester, Gorton constituency. It would be disproportionately costly to provide statistical information on the impact of all the policies to the level of detail requested, but statistical information covering energy and climate change is available at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/statistics.aspx

Key achievements

The UK is on track to cut emissions by nearly twice our Kyoto target (22 per cent. below 1990 levels by 2008-12 compared to the target of 12.5 per cent. set out under the Kyoto agreement).

The Climate Change Act in 2008 set a target of at least 80 per cent. reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. Our first three carbon budgets legally bind the UK to a cut in greenhouse gases of 34 per cent. by 2018-22 against a 1990 baseline. In 2009, the UK's Low Carbon Transition Plan set out the long-term vision for climate change and energy and showing how we will meet the carbon budgets set out in the Climate Change Act.

In 2009, my Department published National Policy Statements on energy infrastructure which will lead to faster and fairer planning decisions and a diverse low carbon energy mix. An ambitious new framework for clean coal will also drive development of carbon capture and storage.

The UK's energy market is the most competitive in the EU and has attracted over £97 billion of investment from 1997 to 2008 (at 2005 prices). The UK also has the greatest installed capacity of offshore wind in the world.

In March 2010 the Government's household energy management strategy—Warm Homes, Greener Homes—set out plans for meeting the target of a reduction of 29 per cent. in (non-traded) carbon emissions in the household sector. The strategy will make it easier for people to take action, removing the deterrent of upfront costs by, for example, paving the way for ‘pay as you save' energy efficiency loans.

The Government will be providing more financial assistance to help people generate their own heat and electricity in low carbon ways, where appropriate, through ‘clean energy cashback' schemes.

Warm Front scheme: Manchester, Gorton constituency

DECC's Warm Front scheme provides grants for households on qualifying income and disability-related benefits to install a range of insulation and heating measures in their homes. The number of households assisted in Manchester, Gorton from 6 April 2008 to 28 February 2010 was 914.