The Committee's report examines the contribution that energy efficiency can make towards achieving the Government's objective to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent by 2010, as set out in the Energy White Paper ('Our energy future - creating a low carbon economy', Cm 5761, ISBN 0101576129) published in February 2003. The report examines in detail the practical measures designed to achieve this objective, as outlined in the Government's Energy Efficiency Action Plan (Cm 6168, ISBN 0101616821) published in April 2004. It focuses on the contribution of business and industry, which represents almost a third of total emissions, and of households, which represents almost one quarter (it does not examine the contribution of the transport sector or consider renewable energy issues in detail, as these have been covered in other Select Committee reports). Amongst its findings, the Committee argues that the main objective of energy efficiency should be the reduction of the UK's absolute energy consumption, leading to lower emissions, and proposes a methodology to measure progress towards this objective. Other issues highlighted include: the enormous wastefulness of the electricity generating industry; the need for greater Government clarity and leadership in promoting energy efficiency; and better public education about energy use and its economic and environmental costs.Supply companies offer discounts to consumers who pay for energy by direct debit, calculated by reference to average ... While there would be a significant capital cost associated with introducing remote metering, there would be ongoing anbsp;...
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: Science and Technology Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2005-07-15|