Home energy plan offers dubious carbon savings

Energy firms will soon be able to claim they have made carbon savings merely by giving households real-time energy displays and advice. There also appears to be scope for double-counting savings in the latest version of the government’s fast growing CERT scheme.

The government will allow energy suppliers to use real-time energy displays in people’s homes to meet their obligations under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme - in spite of dumping a policy requiring them less than a year ago.

Under CERT, UK energy suppliers must deliver energy efficiency gains in their customers’ homes equal to "lifetime" carbon dioxide savings of 154 million tonnes. They fund these improvements with an overall rise in energy bills. The scheme runs from 2008-2011.

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