Energy conservation

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on energy conservation. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
30.12.2015Green Investment Bank
The Green Investment Bank was set up by the Government to stimulate investment in green technologie. This note includes details of its role and the Governments intention to privatise it.
14.12.2015ECO, the Energy Company Obligation
This Commons Briefing paper sets out the details of the Government's Energy Company Obligation scheme that provides funding for energy efficiency measures for difficult to treat homes and the homes of 'those most in need.'
10.03.2015Sources of Statistics: Environment
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on the environment.
23.01.2015Infrastructure Bill: Energy and Climate Change measures
The Infrastrucutre Bill 2014-15 provides a number of new powers and regualtions that relate to energy and climate change. The note provides information on some of these for the Commons Report stage debate.
11.09.2014Smart meters
Between now and 2020 more than 50 million new 'smart meters' will be rolled out to 30 million homes and smaller businesses in Britain. These are intended to allow consumers to see and adjust in real time what energy they are using. The Public Accounts Committee considers the challenges associated with roll-out 'huge'.
06.02.2014The Green Deal
This paper describes the Government's Green Deal energy efficiency policy. The Government has since decided to stop funding the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) which was set up to lend money to Green Deal providers.
10.12.2013Help with energy bills
This note points towards sources of financial and practical help for constituents with domestic energy bills. It links to sources for more information. It also outlines policy developments and political commitments in this area.
18.11.2013Zero Carbon Homes
This note covers the proposal for zero carbon homes from 2016.
22.08.2013Warm Front Scheme
The Warm Front scheme in England was a programme designed to help vulnerable households, including those in fuel poverty, to benefit from energy efficiency improvements such as home heating and loft insulation measures. It has now been replaced by the Green Deal.
16.08.2013Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP)
The Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) is a three-year obligation on major energy suppliers and generators to offer free or low cost energy efficiency measures to communities in certain low income areas. It ran from 1 September 2009 to December 2012.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
13.06.2013Energy Bill (HL Bill 30 of 2013-14)
The Energy Bill is intended to establish a framework for delivering secure, affordable and low-carbon energy. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 18 June 2013.
08.01.2010Debate on 14th January: The Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change. LLN 2010/001
Debate on 14th January: The Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change. This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday 14th January: 'To call attention to the outcome of the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change' The UN Conference on Climate Change took place in Copenhagen from 7th-19th December 2009. This Note explains the significance of the Conference in the context of previous international agreements on climate change, sets out the major disagreements that marred the negotiating process in Copenhagen and summarises the key elements contained in the final Copenhagen Accord. It considers analysis of the Accord's achievements and shortcomings, and summarises the reactions of key nations and interest groups.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
07.09.2015Trends in Energy
Providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a key issue in UK policy. Energy policy can be informed by current energy sector trends and projections into the future. This briefing outlines key trends in energy, the factors driving these changes and future projections. It also highlights the implications and challenges of these trends.
11.07.2014Smart Metering of Energy and Water
Smart meters record energy and water usage and improve how this information is relayed to both consumer and suppliers. The Government plans to roll-out smart meters of electricity and gas to all households in Great Britain by the end of 2020. This POSTnote examines the potential benefits and risks associated with smart metering of both water and energy, and the challenges for the energy smart metering roll-out.
13.01.2014Electricity Demand-Side Response
Demand-Side Response describes electricity users (the demand side) changing their patterns of use in response to incentives. It is one of several options eligible for Government support introduced by the 2013 Energy Act. This POSTnote outlines DSR, how it is provided, its role for the UK and its potential future development.
06.08.2012Energy Use Behaviour Change
This POSTnote introduces the factors and interventions that can influence behaviour, and discusses the behavioural aspects of the Green Deal and the smart meters programme.
25.05.2012Assessing Energy Efficiency
This POSTnote examines definitions of energy efficiency, looks at methods to measure and verify achieved energy savings and summarises UK and EU polices to promote energy efficiency.
23.01.2012Measuring Energy Security
This POSTnote explores ways in which energy security may be measured for monitoring purposes.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
07.09.2010Low carbon technologies in a green economy.
Government response. Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report [Commons]
17.03.2010Low carbon technologies in a green economy.
Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report [Commons]
17.03.2010The proposals for national policy statements on energy.
Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report [Commons]
02.02.2009Programmes to reduce household energy consumption.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
10.02.2011SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE CONSTITUENTS IN WINTER WEATHER
That this House recognises that the severe cold weather conditions have made it a difficult winter for constituents across the country, on top of challenging economic circumstances; ...
25.01.2011SUSPENSION OF THE WARM FRONT SCHEME
That this House praises the Warm Front scheme which has helped insulate thousands of homes since it was set up by the previous Labour government; notes how the scheme has helped vulnerable ...
02.12.2010CLOSE THE DOOR CAMPAIGN
That this House notes the excellent work of the Close the Door campaign in Bristol and Cambridge, the campaign which aims to conserve energy by asking retailers to keep their doors ...
27.07.2010ENERGY GENERATION AND ENERGY SAVING
That this House notes that the evidence submitted to the recent consultation on the draft national policy statement for energy infrastructure by the Association for the Conservation ...
09.03.2010EARTH HOUR 2010 CAMPAIGN AND THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER
That this House supports WWF's Earth Hour 2010; notes the event's record of persuading one billion people worldwide to sign up to switch off their lights for an hour at 8.30 pm on 27 ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses