This Assembly condemns the Government’s decision to extend the length of time energy companies have to carry out Energy Company Obligation (ECO) works by two years, and to cut the target for hard-to-treat measures so that energy companies only have to pay for 100,000 solid wall insulation measures over four years, compared to original targets of 80,000 installed per year. This low national target will leave the Mayor unable to meet his own target of insulating 1.2 million homes in London by next year.
We support the 20 organisations, including the UK Green Building Council, Sustainable Homes, Greenpeace, Age UK and insulation companies, campaigning for these cuts to be reversed and for home insulation to be classed as a national infrastructure project with secure funding and accepted economic outcomes.
This Assembly also supports the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, which promotes a positive alternative to these cuts. We believe the Government should use the revenue from carbon taxes to help make more homes in London energy efficient, and to invest in more appropriate micro-renewable energy generation in the capital.
This Assembly therefore calls on the Mayor of London to:
- Lobby the Government to reverse the cuts to ECO, and set out a national infrastructure project that will help him retrofit 1.2 million homes in London by 2015; and
- Give public backing to the Energy Bill Revolution campaign.