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PRASEG, the All-Party Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, is the cross party group for UK politicians and senior industry stakeholders that exists to promote sustainable energy issues in Parliament and the wider political community.

Our Next Event:

PRASEG & APPGIE – Energy Efficiency Policy: Putting our house in order

Date: 17th March

Time: 2 – 4pm

Location: Committee Room 11, House of Commons (Please note: This is a change of room from previously advertised)

Details:

Over this Parliament, Government has taken a number of actions aimed at stimulating the take-up of energy efficiency – from the creation of the Energy Efficiency Deployment Unit (EEDO), the publication of an energy efficiency strategy, implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive and launch of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Together with a number of other policies already in place, such as the CRC, CCAs, building regulations etc, and further policies to come into force from 2016, including regulations for the private rented sector and zero carbon homes, there now exists an increasingly complex – and potentially fragmented – energy efficiency policy landscape in the UK.

Energy efficiency policies have helped secure massive savings in energy consumption over the past few decades, and the government estimate that the right energy efficiency framework in the UK could save the equivalent of the output of 22 new power stations by 2020.

But, despite the range of policy initiatives in place, there remains a mountain to climb if we are to achieve the Prime Minister’s ambition, as set out in his February 2013 speech, at the launch of DECC’s Energy Efficiency Mission, that “I want to make Britain the most energy efficient country in Europe.”

PRASEG’s meeting on 17 March 2015 at 2pm – 4pm – will consider an incoming Government’s priorities for energy efficiency policy including:

  • Is the Government at risk of missing the full potential that energy efficiency can play in helping achieve its energy policy goals?
  • Does Government need to set out a more ambitious, coherent strategy to make the UK more energy efficient?
  • Are sectoral energy efficiency targets needed?
  • Is there a need to link energy efficiency policy with other demand side action, such as decentralised energy, demand side response, smart grids etc?
  • Does the Government need to set in place longer term energy efficiency strategies for the business and public sectors?
  • What might a revamped Green Deal and supplier obligation look like?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Chair)
  • Dr Nick Eyre – Senior Research Fellow at Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford
  • Dr Steve Fawkes – Director, EnergyPro Ltd
  • Dr Joanne Wade – Director, ACE
  • Simon Roberts – Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • Catrin Maby, Chief Executive, Severn Wye Energy Agency

To attend this event please RSVP to info@praseg.org.uk


Previous Event:

APPCCG & PRASEG – Transport Infrastructure: Low Carbon Vehicles – A journey to a more sustainable future

Date: Tuesday 3rd March

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Location: Committee Room 12, House of Commons

Details:

The last decade has seen the UK automotive industry make a gradual, but significant shift to low carbon vehicles. This has been driven by changes in policy at both the UK and EU level including targets set out in the UK Carbon Plan to provide infrastructure to support the shift to low carbon vehicles.  Technological advancements have also led to a proliferation of choice and better efficiency of low carbon vehicles, further supporting a rise in public demand.

This All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) and Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) meeting will assess the UK transport infrastructure for low carbon vehicles (past, present and future); discuss if we are on track to achieve the targets set out in the UK Carbon Plan; examine the role of manufacturers; and look ahead to what the future of transport infrastructure will look like.

Chair: Joan Walley MP

Speakers:

  • Richard Bruce, Head of the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV)
  • Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)
  • Konstanze Scharring, Director of Policy, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
  • Malcolm Fergusson, Independent Policy Consultant, Transport & Environment