George Osbourne: “We’re not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business”
The potential flaw in ‘localism’Usually do this one the other way round, but now notion of community involvement so ubiquitous it seems important to So need technical input and a range of other support to enable communities to identify own strengths and weaknessesBridging is inclusive, bonding exclusive’. but some community driven efforts derive their sense of self by defining themselves as ‘other’ or anti-establishment.Regulatory inclusion – eg CESP
Community approach – appeals not just to individuals as consumers but invokes their mutual ties and relationships
Wecc energy policy in 2012 workshop
Where’s the demand?Presentation to Energy Policy in 2012West of England Climate Challenge19 January 2012Simon Roberts OBEChief ExecutiveCentre for Sustainable Energy
New tools to deliver energy demand reduction• Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation• Smart meters• CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme• Recession
The Green Deal in a nutshell…You install energy efficiency improvements at noupfront cost as the cost is recovered through yourelectricity billDomestic and non-domestic properties
How? The ‘Golden Rule’Your overall energy bill should not go up as themonthly bill savings from installing the measureshould be greater than the repayment on the loantaken out to pay for installing the measure
Not personal debt…. The charge is tied to the electricity meter – so you only pay if you’re benefitting from the measures, and not if you move out. And it doesn’t count as personal debt.
The Green Deal processAssessment Finance Installation Repayments & Follow up Accreditation
The Energy Company Obligation• A major part – and key driver – of the Green Deal• Helping complex measures meet the ‘Golden Rule’ for domestic properties• Providing affordable warmth for vulnerable customers
The demand reductiontoolbox will have more andbetter tools.But where’s the demand forthem to be used?
Key issues for demand creation• Are we framing the question right?• Are we talking to people in the right way?• Are we setting the right examples?• Are we too driven by the conception of individuals as consumers with varying levels of buying power, reliant on business to sell to them?
1. Which is the better ‘framing’ question?(a) “What are you doing about cutting carbon emissions?”(b) “How can we best make our contribution to a low carbon future round here?”
2. Which is more motivating?(a) Save £400 on your fuel bills(b) Stop wasting £400 on your fuel bills(c) Stop giving £400 to British Gas and keep it for yourself
3. Which does most to make low carbon ‘normal’ and ‘what we do round here’?(a) exemplary ‘super homes’(b) exemplary ‘normal homes’
4. How do we re-invigorate the population as active citizens with influence, rather than mere consumers with varying levels of buying power or passive clients of state-run services?