Do people remember the 10:10 campaign? It was a campaign urging people – including politicians – to sign up to cut their carbon footprint by 10% in 2010. And of course politicians flocked eagerly to the photo op showing them pledging their support. I did too, but I was a bit sceptical at the time, because no-one could answer my question – how will anyone know we’ve done it? Is there any point politicians making promises if no-one checks up on whether those promises have been kept? I’m pretty sure the party leaders all signed up…
I don’t know whether I’ve met the target myself… I have, much later than I should have done, switched to green energy supplier Good Energy, which supplies 100% renewable energy, which in the South West is sourced solely from its offshore wind-farm. And I’ve only flown twice this year – a return trip to Iraq, and a one-way trip to Ireland. (I returned by ferry, I’m not still there.)
Anyway, this post is prompted by the fact that the 10:10 campaign has been in touch, urging people to lobby MPs to “fix the Green Deal”. Here’s what the campaign has to say about the Government’s plans as they stand:
Climate minister Chris Huhne has said the Green Deal will bring a ‘once-and-for-all refit’ of Britain’s homes, making sure your street is ‘ready for a low-carbon future’. There are three big things that need to change if that’s going to happen:
- Cheaper: Green Deal loans could have interest rates as high as 10%. If they want to offer a proper alternative to a bog-standard bank loan, they’ll need to bring this right down.
- Quicker: As things currently stand, landlords with the leakiest houses won’t have to fix them until 2018. That’s 680,000 households potentially facing six more long cold winters. We can do better.
- More attractive: If the government really wants people to take this up, they need to make it as attractive as possible. Think council tax rebates, cuts in stamp duty and mandatory efficiency reporting on sale properties.
And here’s the link if you want to lobby your MP about it.