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Carbon Emissions Reduction Target: estimating the effect of the on the fuel poor

The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) is one of the Government?s key mechanisms for improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock…

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Estimating the effect of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) on the fuel poor

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The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) is one of the Government?s key mechanisms for improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock. This analysis attempts to quantify the effect of CERT on the level of fuel poverty in England. The (combined) 2006 English House Condition Survey (EHCS) dataset is taken as the base position. This is the latest available data on domestic energy efficiency and levels of fuel poverty in England. A scenario model simulates the installation of the key CERT measures onto this base and examines the effect upon the fuel poor. The energy cost savings as a result of the installations are used to determine how many households have been removed from fuel poverty.

Published 13 October 2011