Knauf takes ECO message to The Times

Knauf Insulation has taken out a full-page advertisment in today’s Times newspaper to hammer home its message about the need for the Energy Company Obligation scheme.

Knauf takes ECO message to The Times

Knauf Insulation managing director wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron last week, following rumours that the Chancellor will scrap or scale back the so-called ‘green levies’ on household energy bills. The levies partly fund the energy efficiency programme the Energy Company Obligation and means energy companies are obliged to help customers living in hard-to-insulate houses make their homes more energy efficient.

Today’s advertisement includes an infographic detailing the disastrous effects of removing ECO.

DECC’s own figures show that more than 30,000 measures have been completed so far under ECO.

“We have to get Government to listen to the industry,” Sinfield said. “These figures show that although ECO has undeniably suffered through its poor design and implementation, it is starting to bear fruit – dwarfing the pitiful take up of the Green Deal, which has seen just 219 live plans. Cutting this so-called ‘green levy’ now would be a hugely wasted opportunity and a shocking disservice to the UK’s most vulnerable, fuel-poor households.

“What’s more, scaling back ECO will have a devastating effect on employment within the energy efficiency sector – figures released by the UK Green Building Council and the Association for the Conservation of Energy suggest that more than 10,000 jobs could be axed if the government relaxes ECO targets.”

He continued: “ECO is a vital part of the puzzle when it comes to transforming our housing stock, which is among the leakiest and coldest in Europe. Bear in mind that the current ECO subsidy for low-income homes is only £47 out of the average annual household bill of £1,267 – surely a small price to pay to ensure the most vulnerable people in our society have access to warm and safe homes?

“This is a long term scheme and the government must not bow to pressure from the energy companies for the sake of short term political point scoring. ECO can be made to work by giving the supply chain better visibility of demand, by ensuring consistency of compliance across the ‘big six’ and by reviewing the measures available.”

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