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Carbon Emissions: Housing

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many domestic appliances are being funded under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target Scheme; what estimated reduction of carbon dioxide emissions this funding has achieved; and if he will make a statement. (323428)

Domestic appliance products make up less than 1 per cent. of savings to date towards the 185 million tonne lifetime carbon dioxide savings target (April 2008 to March 2011 timeframe). High efficiency consumer electronics are responsible for a further 2 per cent. This compares to some 62 per cent. of savings to date achieved through insulation products. The specific number of domestic appliances supported will only be known at the end of the scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department are taking to ensure consumers are informed of how much they are paying towards the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme through tariffs; and if he will make a statement. (323429)

The Government believe that improving the transparency of the costs falling to suppliers from meeting their supplier obligation and how they pass these costs onto consumers is critical. The Government's ‘Warm Homes, Greener Homes' strategy published in early March set out the importance of greater transparency in any post 2013 energy company obligation, including around cost information. We continue to develop the detail of this arrangement, and will pursue new powers as necessary.