DECC finally confirms CERT extension

Statutory instrument expected shortly, which will tighten requirements on electricity suppliers

The energy and climate department (DECC) has today confirmed the carbon emissions reduction target (CERT) is to be extended, imposing tougher rules on electricity generators.

CERT began in April 2008 and requires energy companies to deliver 185 million tonnes of CO2 savings in their customers' homes using measures such as loft insulation by April 2011. The scheme is financed by bill increases.

Last year, DECC consulted on proposals to extend the scheme so that it delivered 293 million tonnes of savings by December 2012 (ENDS Report, January 2010). It also proposed requiring 60-65% of the target to be delivered through loft, cavity wall and solid wall insulation. However, Labour never confirmed the extension leading to fears of job losses among insulation firms (ENDS Report, April 2010).

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