Country:United Kingdom
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2004
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Legal References:Energy Efficiency - The Governments Plan for Action

Energy Efficiency - The Government's Plan for Action, published on 26 April 2004, set out how the UK government aimed to cut carbon emissions by an extra 12 million tonnes through energy efficiency by 2010. Key measures in the Action Plan included:

  • A new aim to secure carbon savings from the household sector in the UK of around 4.2 million tonnes;
  • To double the level of the Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC) activity from 2005, doubling activity by 2008;
  • To extend EEC activity to 2011 - subject to a review in 2007;
  • New fiscal measures announced in Budget 2004, including a tax allowance to encourage private sector landlords to invest in their properties;
  • Changes to the Building Regulations, which will raise standards of new and refurbished buildings from 2005;
  • New energy services pilots, through which energy suppliers will be able to offer innovative new energy efficiency packages to their customers;
  • The new EU emissions trading scheme and Climate Change Agreements will ensure that every intensive industry and power generator continue to use energy more efficiently;
  • Commitment to leadership by government, including a new commitment for central government to use only the best energy performance buildings;
  • A stronger communication on climate change;
  • Fuel Poverty programmes continue to tackle heating and insulation standards in the homes of the least well off;
  • The Decent Homes programme, which will continue to improve energy standards in social housing

The Action Plan is not a current statement of government policy.

This record is superseded by:2007 National Energy Efficiency Action Plan

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