Optimism appeared to return Ecobuild 2014 experienced a modest 3% rise in visitors to London’s ExCeL, with 44,538 sustainable built environment professionals going to the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment.
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, launched the government’s consultation on the future of the Energy Company Obligation. Focusing on making Britain’s homes warmer, greener, and cheaper to heat, the minister proposed a series of changes designed to reduce costs for suppliers and thereby reduce the impact on bills for millions of consumers. He also talked about improvements to the much vilified Green Deal finance plan and the target to upgrade 1 million homes.
Supporting him, Greg Barker MP, Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) announced a £19 million boost for the Green Deal as it awarded funding for six community based retrofit programmes. He also stated that the Green Deal would receive a further boost, through the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive this spring.
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