Gas Safety Trust Targets Energy Bill 2010-11 to Highlight Danger of Carbon Monoxide and Campaign for Alarm Installation
Mon, 07/02/2011 - 16:50
With advocacy and carbon monoxide (CO) awareness as core objectives, the Gas Safety Trust has embarked on a parliamentary campaign, which calls for the installation of audible CO alarms alongside energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal Scheme.
Details of the Green Deal Scheme are set out in the proposed Energy Bill 2010-11, currently being debated in the House of Lords. Benefiting up to 14 million homes in the UK, the Green Deal allows energy efficiency improvements to be made to homes and businesses without the consumer having to pay for them upfront. However, the Trust argues that the resulting reduction in ventilation caused by this type of work could create hermetically seal properties, thereby increasing the potential for harm arising from a build up of CO where faulty appliances exist.
To protect householders from this risk, the Trust believes that the installation of an audible CO alarm in Green Deal properties would help alert occupiers to any build-up of CO, thus reducing the likelihood of serious injury, death or lesser harm that would result from CO exposure.
“The passage of the Energy Bill through Parliament provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the dangers of CO poisoning and increase the number of CO alarms in buildings, with little extra disruption or cost to the owners,” commented Nigel Dumbrell of the Trust. “The campaign has already attracted strong support of peers such as Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Baroness Maddock and Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan, and has lead to a positive meeting with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) officials”
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff spoke powerfully about the dangers of CO poisoning and the importance of CO alarms at the Second Reading of the Bill in the Lords (22nd December) and was supported by other peers in tabling an amendment at Committee Stage on 17th January. On both occasions, she received an encouraging response from the DECC Minister, Lord Marland.
The Trust will continue its CO awareness campaign as the Bill continues its progress through Parliament.
About the Green Deal
The Green Deal is a scheme that would allow energy efficiency improvements to be made to homes and businesses without the consumer having to pay for them upfront. Instead, businesses would provide the funding for the works and consumers would pay the money back via instalments on their energy bills. The scheme works on the premise that the cost of the work must be equal to or less than the estimated financial savings to energy bills. DECC (the Department of Energy and Climate Change) have announced that up to 14 million homes in the UK could benefit from the Green Deal.
About The Gas Safety Trust
The Gas Safety Trust, established in 2005 as a registered charitable body, has become the UK’s leading gas safety charity with the key objectives of further improving gas safety for the public and industry throughout the United Kingdom and reducing the incidents of death and serious injury from carbon monoxide exposure.
For further information, please contact:
Hannah Aspey, Energy PR, 01993 823011, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nigel Dumbrell, Gas Safety Trust, 01256 548 016 / 07825 943298