The Government wants to cut household carbon emissions by one third by 2020. Its ultimate aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
Miliband said: We need to move from incremental steps forward on household energy efficiency to a comprehensive national plan the Great British refurb.
We all know the scale of the challenge: waste energy is costing families on average £300 a year, and more than a quarter of all our emissions are from our homes.
Under the proposals, the Government will have policies in place to encourage householders and businesses to move to renewable and low carbon heating. These policies are mainly in the form of grants to encourage people to choose low carbon heat technologies, primarily when they are replacing a boiler. Households can apply for grants for energy generating technologies, both heat and electricity.
The heat and energy saving strategy consultationlaunched by the Government on 11 February outlining the great British refurb plans, states: Modern district heating offers the potential to use a variety of low carbon and renewable heat generation technologies, such as combined heat and power using fossil fuels, biomass or waste, biomass boilers or surplus heat from industrial processes.
The Government is also working with the industry to overcome the challenges faced by technologies that use biogas from waste to produce heat or electricity. The consultation states:
These technologies can play an important role in helping to achieve our ambitions on renewable heat.
Given the special characteristics of this technology, the enabling powers in the Energy Act explicitly allow the Renewable Heat Incentive to support the production of biogas and biomethane.
The Renewable Heat Incentive will provide for subsidies for any supplier of renewable heat or renewable fuel to be used for heating purposes.
The Government has invited stakeholders to contribute their views to the consultation. The deadline ends on 8 May 2009.
Image: Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband