Helping the fuel poor could cut Carbon too

New measures to help those in fuel poverty could also cut Carbon emissions MPs were told today. The Energy Select Committee heard the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) coming into […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

New measures to help those in fuel poverty could also cut Carbon emissions MPs were told today. The Energy Select Committee heard the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) coming into force as part of the Green Deal would help the poor and the environment.

The ECO is a subsidy to be paid to energy companies for putting in measures to help the fuel poor with insulation and heating costs among other things. It comes into force this year replacing previous legislation.

William Baker, Head of Fuel Poverty at Consumer Focus said the new subsidy could do a lot more than just help with bills.

He said: “If the carbon part of ECO is devoted to low income consumers, if the focus was on social housing through area based type approaches and for instance, low income private sector housing, it would still see significant carbon savings, which would enable it to achieve both fuel poverty and carbon objectives.”

1.9 million homes in the UK at present are fuel poor.