Green initiative to receive £3.5bn boost

2 July 2009 — 2:00 PM

A new initiative has been launched to help tackle climate change and save consumers money.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced it will work alongside the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) in an attempt to make UK homes greener.

Up to £3.5 billion is to be invested in auditing and upgrading British properties between now and the end of 2012 - 60 per cent of which will go to the elderly and those on a low-income.

Energy-efficient solutions such as microgeneration and solid wall insulation will form part of the project, which minister of state for DECC Joan Ruddock said could make "a real difference" to reducing emissions levels across the nation.

"Today's announcement delivers a major part of the prime minister's Home Energy Savings Programme that ensures people can save money and save energy," she added.

In the past, CESP initiatives have included getting consumers to switch to more efficient light bulbs.

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