Speaking to members of the International Energy Agency in Paris today, Baroness Neville-Rolfe – Energy Minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – has confirmed the UK Government’s commitment to meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement, whilst acknowledging that more needs to be done in order to achieve this.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe also drew attention to the efforts already made in the UK to improve energy efficiency from changes to the building regulations to support for households in the form of insulation grants and smart meters. In noting the failure of take up under the Green Deal, she commented that consideration was being given as to how to motivate people to make energy saving a priority in their homes. Acknowledging the success of the geothermal heat network in Paris, she confirmed a UK aspiration to achieving similar success, along with plans to make better use of, and increase governmental support for, emerging technologies and to both learn from, and share with others, examples of best practice – wherever they arise.
You can read a full transcript of her speech here.