The Government's consultation on Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) has finished – 9 July 2009

The Government consulted on proposals for the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP). The broad policy proposals for the design of the programme included:

  • placing an obligation on energy suppliers and electricity generators to meet a CO2 reduction target by providing energy efficiency measures to domestic consumers;
  • requiring that this obligation is met by providing these measures to households in areas with high levels of low incomes;
  • to offer these measures as a package to homes, to deliver a ‘whole house approach’ – so that homes can receive all the major energy efficiency measures they need, which could also include district heating schemes;
  • specifying that only certain measures are eligible to count towards the CO2 targets, focusing on those measures which can make a substantial difference to a household emissions and fuel bills.


On September 11 2008, the Prime Minister announced a package of initiatives designed to help people to reduce their fuel bills whilst also ensuring that the most vulnerable receive help this winter. One element of this package was the Community Energy Saving Programme.  It aims to deliver around £350m of energy efficiency packages.  Reducing energy use also helps tackle climate change, and CESP will contribute to the Government's ambition of an 80% greenhouse gas reduction by 2050.