Green Heat welcomes appointment of Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Energy efficiency champion, Peter Thom, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s move to bring together business and energy efficiency policy with the appointment of Greg Clark to the Cabinet in the newly created role of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
“I believe bringing together business and energy efficiency in this appointment could work well, with business working with Government for a proper, integrated energy-efficiency policy,” said Peter Thom. “Merging the responsibilities of energy and climate change with business and economic growth, should enable future policy to be better informed by industry to make it work.
“We have worked well with Greg Clark in the past during his time at the DCLG, where the establishment of Industry Advisory Groups (IAGs) helped to formulate changes to Building Regulations over many years.
“I was involved with the Part L and Part F Building Regs IAGs, which also produced the first Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide. These were important advances in prioritising energy efficiency in new build and refurbishments, so he brings a good deal of experience and knowledge of the climate change agenda.
“If Government commits to working closer with industry, long term policies on domestic heating and carbon emissions stand a better chance of success. Previous initiatives have been unclear, too fragmented and inconsistent, leaving consumers confused and let down; businesses frustrated and policies exposed to failure. It’s essential that future initiatives can be trusted by consumers, take into consideration the needs of small businesses and are robust and flexible enough to work with new technologies and future changes to energy supply.
“The UK’s residential heat sector is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, with heating and hot water accounting for 84% of the energy used in the home. This accounts for about 70% of the carbon emissions.
“More efficient use of energy in our homes and businesses will cut carbon emissions and reduce energy costs, which in turn improves productivity and economic growth. Substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades can significantly reduce the risks of climate change by limiting warming in the second half of the 21st century and beyond.
“I look forward to a new impetus being given to tackling climate change and fuel poverty in this appointment; and to working closely with the new department to provide advice to inform and ensure new initiatives are workable for all.”
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