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Govt must fund efficiency


Sir, Congratulations on your leader of April 20 on Energy Efficiency. As you say, the Government must set up a fund to encourage owners to improve energy efficiency.

Treble-glazing and retrofitting insulation on solid wall houses and poorly insulated businesses should be major concerns of the Government, and incentives are needed for ordinary people and businesses. The Government should not rely on the soon-to-skyrocket price of energy or on large-scale providers.

Everyone needs to act swiftly to reduce our emissions by substantial amounts.

You correctly identify renewables as important improvements everyone can consider but, with long payback periods, it is not likely to happen without subsidy. It is within our power to ensure that clean energy is provided and that the shortfalls are met by conservation rather than by the wasteful habits encouraged by North Sea gas.

Strategic decision-making is needed by Government.

It must act on Sir Nicholas Stern's Review of the Economics of Climate Change, a Cabinet Office and Treasury led look at the problem that is due to report in the autumn.

I have submitted a proposal called STEER (Sustainability in Trade, Environment, Education and Resources), which could provide development funds globally. The proposal would see an Export-Import Tax levied on those compa-nies that transport goods out of 'poor' producing countries and into 'rich' ones, where the goods are sold.

The revenue from this, which effectively taxes those who create pollution by air transport, would be split equally between the countries of export and import to be used for projects creating long-term environmental sustainability.

Let's be honest about this, investments for the security of resources for future generations is a global problem.

Ian Greenwood STEERglobal group by email