BUDGET 2008: DEA welcomes green £26m green commitment

Domestic energy assessor Energy Reports and Surveys is impressed with chancellor Alistair Darling’s £26m commitment to the environment in today’s Budget.

Paul Staley, managing director at Energy Reports and Surveys, says: “With the average house emitting six tonnes of CO2 each year, the chancellor’s green initiatives for reducing household emissions are to be warmly welcomed.

“Any measures which can help reduce emissions from homes and therefore the UK’s overall emissions should be embraced.”

Staley says the average home in the UK currently has an “E” energy rating – highlighting the inadequacy of the British housing stock when it comes to energy efficiency.

He says the £26m allocated in the Budget will allow individuals to make significant investments in their homes and will go a long way towards reducing emissions.

Staley adds: “To ensure this doesn’t become a Budget ‘green-wash’, then the Chancellor will need to ensure investment continues in the future,” he concludes.