On 6 March the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, joined an audience of over sixty high profile executives to discuss public engagement.
The lively debate, as part of Climate Week, saw the Secretary and his team address burning questions from charities, faith groups, construction industry representatives and consumer groups.
During an early question from Richard Griffiths of the UKGBC, Ed Davey announced that his own home would be Green Deal assessed this month. This sparked questions on interest rates for the Green Deal and future incentives for later years of the project - also known as 'Green Deal 2.0'.
David Cox from the National Landlords Association steered the conversation towards the incentives and penalties for landlords. Tracy Vegro, director of energy efficiency at DECC, confirmed plans are already underway to impose tougher energy efficiency standards for those not willing to adopt plans post 2018.
Ed Davey also discussed the decarbonisation target. He publicly urged his colleagues to reject the amendment and honour the agreement that was brokered late last year between the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Treasury. He said "I've made it clear I would have preferred to have [a decarbonisation target set] in 2014, I've made no secret of that," he said. "But we are in a coalition."
Two recommended articles for further reading come from Business Green:
A range of photos from the event can be seen on our Facebook page
Many thanks to DECC and Climate Week for helping put together such an interesting event!