Energy Saving Body Suffers Funding Cut

THE UK government has slashed by half its funding of the Energy Saving Trust (EST), the Guardian newspaper reports.

The EST provides grants and advice to businesses, public entities and the public to aid them to reduce their energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The UK government has said that energy efficiency measures are the cheapest way of tackling energy and climate change, with the secretary of state for energy and climate change, Chris Huhne, stating in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry: "Energy saving is the cheapest way of closing the gap between demand and supply."

Huhne has also said: "We must take action on energy saving. For too long, the debate around energy has focused on supply.

"There is quite a big part of our agenda where clearly the expertise that exists in ... the Energy Saving Trust will be very important."

Despite these sentiments the EST confirmed today that the funding it receives from the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) will be halved in 2011-12.

Days after becoming prime minister, David Cameron told Decc officials that he wanted his administration to be the "greenest government ever." The government claim that these goals remain in place, but they wish to see more drive from the private sector in encouraging businesses, industry and the public sector to move towards greater energy efficiency.

Picture by Maurice

Tuesday 25th January 2011

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