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This report has been produced to comply with the Home Energy Conservation Act. The act recognises the key role local authorities play in improving energy efficiency of the residential accommodation in their area. Under section 5(1)(b) of the Act, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change requires all local authorities to prepare further reports setting out energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to make significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation.
The first report published in March 2013 set out the timeframes for the delivery of initiatives and those national, regional and local partners that we were intending to work with. This is the third report looks at the progress that has been made in the last 2 years and the impact of those initiatives on carbon emissions and fuel poverty. The report also identifies any new schemes, initiatives and partners that will assist the Council meet its objectives in the next 2 years. The Council will continue to report at 2 yearly intervals up to and including 31 March 2027.
The requirement to improve the energy efficiency of homes stems from the legal requirement to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions set out in the Climate Change Act 2008 and the governments Carbon Plan, published in 2011. The Carbon Plan sets the following targets in relation to housing:
The two principal priorities to be targeted are a reduction in the level of domestic CO2 emissions for the district as a whole and a reduction in the level of households considered to be in fuel poverty. The current position in Preston is as follows;
The following Action Plan details how Preston will begin to address the challenge through accessing funding, improving data and working with partners to provide value for money and to facilitate the delivery of energy efficiency projects. Further reports on how we are progressing with the actions identified and how they are impacting upon the above emissions and fuel poverty figures will be provided every two years.
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