MK tackles Ed Miliband over energy efficiency

Feb 02, 2010

In a meeting organised by local Basildon MP Angela Smith, MK Electric has recently engaged in high level talks with Ed Miliband – Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – over the Government not acknowledging the importance of lighting and heating control in upcoming energy efficiency legislation.

MK Electric – and parent business Honeywell – is concerned over the ‘lack of content’ in the new draft of Part L of the Building Regulations which covers the “Conservation of Fuel and Power”. The concerns particularly relate to lighting controls in commercial and other non-residential buildings; and heating controls in homes.

There is a huge scale of opportunity available to the Government in these respects; with lighting consuming 40% of energy in non-residential buildings, and heating 60% in homes. Low cost and easy-to-install retrofittable devices exist that could reduce this energy consumption to 30% and 20% respectively; but the draft legislation  does not acknowledge the promise these devices deliver when it comes to reducing energy usage.

In the course of the 30-minute meeting, Ed Miliband committed to raise the issue with John Healy, Minister currently responsible for building regulations; as did Angela Smith, MP for Basildon and Cabinet office minister (previously PPS to Gordon Brown and Parliamentary Under-Secretary in John Healy’s department).

Mike Southgate, Managing Director of MK Electric says, “While it is disappointing that the draft building regulations do not fully recognise the contribution energy efficient devices and controls can make – especially given the Government’s highly challenging 2020 and 2050 carbon reduction targets – the meeting was a most positive one. It is hoped that Mr Miliband can further press our case with his colleagues; and the revised Part L is able to deliver more effective results possible through its requirements”.