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Energy efficiency vital in tackling fuel poverty

15 March 2012

WWF said today that the final report from Professor John Hills' review of Fuel Poverty was an important addition to the debate on future energy policy.

WWF said that the Government should use this important piece of work to inform the roll out of the Green Deal and the energy company obligation (ECO) to ensure that people on low incomes are provided with energy efficiency measures to help them out of fuel poverty and protect them from future energy price rises.

Zoe Leader, energy efficiency policy officer at WWF-UK, said: "With more people dying from living in a cold home than die on our roads each year it’s never been more important that we help those in fuel poverty to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

“It’s great that in his report Professor Hills has highlighted tackling fuel poverty as a priority for a number of concerns including energy efficiency and carbon saving. Energy efficiency is the cornerstone of a sustainable and affordable energy future and this should begin with the homes of those least able to afford it."

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Notes to editors
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1. DECC: Professor Hills published the final report of his fuel poverty review today (15 March 2012): http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/funding/fuel_poverty/hills_review/hills_review.aspx

2. WWF-UK supports the Energy Bill Revolution, a campaign made up of children’s and older people’s charities, environment groups, health and disability groups, trade unions, consumer groups, businesses, politicians and public figures committed to ensuring warm homes and lower bills for all: http://www.energybillrevolution.org/

For further information, please contact:

George Smeeton, Tel: 01483 412 388, Mob: 07917 052 948, email: GSmeeton@wwf.org.uk


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