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Promoting ambitious policymaking is an important part of Energy Saving Trust’s mission. We work to influence UK governments to develop a positive and effective policy framework for sustainable energy. This involves directly working with civil servants and collaborating with other stakeholder agencies.

Our policy work is informed by our contact with households, businesses and public administrations, and from our cross-UK and international insight. 

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Our Policy Team    

David Weatherall – Head of Policy

 

David is Energy Saving Trust’s Head of Policy with over fifteen years’ experience of working on energy efficiency in buildings. He has worked closely on all aspects of home energy policy with governments across the UK and at European and international level.

Elaine Waterson – Policy Officer, Scotland

Elaine is a leading expert on Scotland energy efficiency policy with eighteen years experience in this area of policy. Elaine’s role is to understand Scotland’s policy environment, to help Scottish Government put in place an effective policy framework for home energy and to engage with the policy stakeholder community.

Max Lacey-Barnacle – Policy Officer, Wales

Max leads on energy and climate policy in Wales. Working closely with Welsh Government, Max ensures that Energy Saving Trust influences the policy process and that our proposals inform the content of key upcoming 2020 strategies on both Fuel Poverty and Low-carbon Transport in Wales.

Naomi Baker – Policy Officer, Cities

Naomi leads on policy interactions with Local Government and has a special interest in housing retrofit and the role that local government can play in shaping and delivering net zero. She has worked as a Sustainability Manger in four unitary local authorities, in energy policy development for central government and the NGO sector.

 

Latest policy publications from the Energy Saving Trust

View to 2030 for England

Energy Saving Trust's views on tackling carbon emissions in England from buildings are outlined within our new paper, Our view to 2030 for England report.

Download our white paper (in PDF format) and share our summary on this.

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Home Energy Programmes Delivered by Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government report 2019

The Scottish Government recognises home energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority and spends considerably more in this area per head of population than other UK administrations. Energy Saving Trust is a key delivery partner for the Scottish Government in its energy efficiency programmes.

Over the last few years Energy Saving Trust has received an increasing number of enquiries about the home energy efficiency programmes it delivers on behalf of the Scottish Government. These are often from organisations who are seeking to influence policy in other parts of the UK. There has also been increasing interest from stakeholders in other parts of Europe and elsewhere keen to learn more about the Scottish experience of delivering home energy programmes. This publication responds to this demand for information.

Front cover of Scottish programmes report 2019

Download the Home Energy Programmes Delivered by Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government report 2019 (in PDF format).

Recent policy publications

Buildings

Response to the 2019 Consultation on electric vehicle chargepoints in residential and non-residential buildings 

Energy Saving Trust’s response to the UK Government’s Electric vehicle chargepoints in residential and non-residential buildings consultation. Submitted 7 October 2019.

With demand for electric vehicles continuing to grow, there is an opportunity to ensure that access to charging infrastructure is designed into all new homes, offices, retail parks and other developments, avoiding potentially costly and disruptive retrofitting at a later date. Our response supports the Government’s aim to future-proof developments, highlights how the ability of new homeowners to choose their chargepoint/energy supplier could be enhanced and the importance of well-resourced enforcement.

Note - This consultation only covers England.

Download our full consultation response to the Electric Vehicle chargepoints in residential and non-residential buildings.

Carbon Reduction

Response to Welsh Government's Low Carbon Pathway to 2030 Consulation

Energy Saving Trust's draft response to Welsh Government's Low Carbon Pathway to 2030 Consulation - Download now

Energy Efficiency

Response to BEIS Consultation on facilitating energy efficiency in the electrical system

Energy Saving Trust's response to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Call for Evidence on routes to market for energy efficiency as an alternative to generation and network reinforcement.. Submitted 26th September 2019. 

As more intermittent renewables like wind, are integrated into the electrical system, the ability of the grid to react flexibility becomes more important. Whilst this ‘gap’ can be plugged through fast responding generators (such as gas plants), there is a growing interest in how demand-side measures (not using energy, either for an agreed period or, indefinitely) could play a role. Smart meters will enable us to attach a price to such behaviours and could in the future provide a new subsidy for retrofitting your home.

Download the response to BEIS consultation on facilitating energy efficiency in the electrical system.

Response to 2019 Energy Efficient Scotland consultation 

Energy Saving Trust's response to Scottish Government's Energy Efficient Scotland consultation. Submitted 17th June 2019. 

Download the response: Energy Saving Trust response to Energy Efficient Scotland consultation.

Response to BEIS Committee inquiry into the Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings

Energy Saving Trust Response to the BEIS Committee inquiry into the Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings.

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Response to BEIS ECO3 Consultation - April 2018

 Energy Saving Trust's response to the 2018 ECO3 consultation - 27 April 2018.

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Response to BEIS Consultation on minimum levels of energy efficiency in the domestic private rented sector - 12 March 2018

Energy Saving Trust's response to Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation on energy efficiency in the private rented sector - March 2018 

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Response to BEIS consultation on proposed changes to Government's Standard Assesment Procedure (SAP) - Jan 2017

Energy Saving Trust's response to consultation on Proposed changes to Government's Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) - 27 Jan 2017. 

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Fuel Poverty

Response to 2020 FP23 Inquiry into Fuel Poverty  

Energy Saving Trust's response to the National Assembly for Wales' Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee FP23 Inquiry into Fuel Poverty. Submitted January 2020.

Download the response: Energy Saving Trust response to 2020 FP23 Inquiry into Fuel Poverty

Response to the 2019 Fuel Poverty Strategy for England Consultation

Energy Saving Trust's response to the UK Government's Fuel Poverty Strategy for England 2019 consultation. Submitted 17th September 2019. 

Download the response: Energy Saving Trust Discussion Document, Fuel Poverty Strategy for England Consultation 2019

Response to Call for Evidence: Commission for Customers in Vulnerable Circumstances 2018 

Energy Saving Trust's response to Call for Evidence from the Commision for Customers in vulnerable circumstances 2018 - download the response.

Response to Call for Evidence: Cost of Energy Helm Review - Jan 2018

Energy Saving Trust's response to the Helm Review into the cost of energy - Jan 2018.

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Heat

Response to the 2019 Future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings: Call for Evidence

Energy Saving Trust's response to the Scottish Government's call for evidence, Energy Efficient Scotland: the future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings. Submitted 19th June 2019.

Download the response: Energy Saving Trust response to call for evidence: the future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings

Response to 2018 Call for Evidence: Future Frameworks for Heat in Buildings

Energy Saving Trust's response to the call for evidence on future frameworks for heat in buildings -​ download our full response.

Response to BEIS Consultation on the future of heating - domestic boiler standards - Jan 2017

Energy Saving Trust's response to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's consultation on the future of heating ​ - 27 January 2017

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Renewable Energy

Response to 2019 Smart Export Guarantee consultation

Energy Saving Trust's response to the 2019 Smart Export Guarantee consultation focusing on the household and community sector - download now.

Read our news piece on the smart export guarantee consultation.

Smart meters

Response to consultation on maximising interoperability for SMETS1 meters

Energy Saving Trust's consultation response on enrolling SMETS1 meters to allow them to link up and exchange information with the Data Communications Company to allow consumers to switch energy company and access other data services - 23 May 2018 - download now.

Response to the BEIS and Ofgem Consultation on smart, flexible energy systems - January 2017

Energy Saving Trust's response to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ofgem Consultation on smart, flexible energy systems - January 2017

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Transport

Consultation response to the Government's Introduction of Green Number Plates for Ultra-low Emission Vehicles consultation

Energy Saving Trust's response to the government’s consultation on green number plates for ultra low emission vehicles. Submitted 14 January 2020.

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Consultation response to the UK Government’s Electric Vehicle Smart Charging consultation

Energy Saving Trust’s response to the UK Government’s Electric Vehicle Smart Charging consultation. Submitted 3 October 2019.

This consultation focuses on proposals for all electric vehicle chargepoints sold or installed in the UK to be ‘smart’, and how this should be achieved. Smart charging enables EV drivers to charge their vehicles more cheaply when demand for electricity is lowest and reduces the need for expensive electricity grid network reinforcement.

Download our full response to the Electric Vehicle Smart Charging consultation.

Response to Defra consultation: Identification of taxis and private hire vehicles entering charging Clean Air Zones

Energy Saving Trust has responded to a Defra consultation which lays out their plans for a centralised database to allow the charging of non-compliant taxis and private hire when they enter another city’s Clean Air Zone.

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Response to the NICE consultation on air pollution

Energy Saving Trust’s response to the NICE consultation on air pollution, highlighting the opportunities to reduce emissions from public sector fleets, including grey fleet, and generate cost savings. 

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Response to the BEIS consultation on developing the electric vehicle market - 13 Apr 2017

Energy Saving Trust's response to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's consultation on developing the electric vehicle market - 13 Apr 2017.

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Water

Response to Defra Consultation on Measures to Reduce Personal Water Use

Energy Saving Trust response to the Defra Consulation on Measures to Reduce Personal Water Use.

Energy Saving Trust has long recognised that demand for water, particularly in homes, is an important determinant of energy use and carbon emissions. One of our first major public policy intervention in this area was the high profile 2013 report At Home with Water which analysed data collected from over 100,000 householders.

Since then we have delivered extensive advice on water saving alongside our energy saving advice programmes, worked in partnership with water companies, and supported and delivered many projects focusing on the residential demand component of the energy-water nexus.

Download our full response here: Response to Defra Consultation on Measures to Reduce Personal Water Use.

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