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.
From Manifesto to Momentum
Tuesday 14 July 2015
14:00 – 17:45
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 12 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD
The PRASEG annual conference once again brought together key decision makers in the sustainable energy industry to review current and forthcoming policy priorities. Each year brings new changes and challenges to the industry, and the period post election to 2020 may well present some of the most significant upheavals to the UK energy landscape of the past few decades.
PRASEG & APPGIE – Energy Efficiency Policy: Putting our house in order
Date: 17th March
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?
- 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