Friday 24 January 2020
We have published our report Zero Sum which calls on the government to put the public at the heart of the process to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Broadcast coverage on our Zero Sums report continues.
Consumers need to be put in the centre of net zero goal
BBC News, Afternoon Live, 23/01/2020, 15:48
Dhara Vyas, Head of Future Energy Services at Citizens Advice spoke with BBC News. Dhara said that “82% of the public support the government ambitions” to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Dhara spoke about the government needing to support consumers with making decisions and help with costs.
Dhara also spoke with BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme. Dhara said that “small changes like filling the kettle with only as much water as you need could save us £1.1billion and save 2 million tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.”
Citizens Advice warns government over ability to achieve net zero by 2050
City AM , 23/01/2020, Edward Thicknesse
Citizens Advice has issued a warning to the government saying that it risks fatally undermining the country’s ability to achieve net zero by 2050 unless it puts the public at the heart of the process.
According to a new report from the charity, which is the UK’s official consumer watchdog for energy, 82 per cent of people support the government’s commitment.
Dame Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Public support for the changes needed to reach net zero is essential. Without it, the government risks fatally undermining the country’s ability to achieve a carbon neutral society, which is so urgently needed.
“The public overwhelmingly backs the net-zero target. But if people don’t understand what changes will be needed to get there and the process is complex and confusing, public support could quickly fall away.”
Regulator ‘slow’ to act against £4bn loyalty rip-off
The Times, 22/01/2020, p.38, Ali Hussain; Ben Martin [paywall]
Yesterday the Competition and Markets Authority’s Andrea Coscelli, said he was “pleased to see progress has been made in helping to stop people being penalised for their loyalty”. However, Citizens Advice said that only £318 million a year would be saved by consumers under measures announced by regulators when the inquiry into the ‘Loyalty Penalty’ began a year ago.
Dame Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “At the current rate of progress, it would take over ten years to completely tackle the loyalty penalty.”
Ms Guy called for regulators to step up their efforts urgently. The charity is hoping for better progress by July, when the authority is due to provide another update, or it will call for government intervention.
Four simple ways to cut energy usage to reduce bills and emissions
Mail Online UK, 21/01/2020, Grace Gausden
More than a third of households have not made changes to their energy usage in recent years, despite the opportunity to save hundreds of pounds, new research claims.
This equates to nearly 10 million households that may need more help and encouragement with ways to save money and reduce household emissions.
Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, added: ‘Our homes are responsible for nearly a quarter of British carbon emissions, so this is a great opportunity to really make a difference. Reducing the amount of energy we use cuts our household bills, so going greener can help you keep out of the red.’
Mark Tami MP backs Big Energy Saving Week with Citizens Advice
Wrexham Leader, 20/01/2020, Andrew Nuttall
Alyn and Deeside MP, Mark Tami, has joined forces with Citizens Advice Flintshire to back Big Energy Saving Week. Mark visited the charity’s office and spoke to staff and volunteers about their price comparison tool which saves consumers thousands of pounds each year.
Sian Mather, of Citizens Advice Flintshire, said: “Citizens Advice Flintshire has lots of information and advice on how to save energy and cut household bills. This could range from everyday actions, such as reducing how much water you put in the kettle, to bigger projects like insulating your home.
“Our advisors and volunteers will also be able to help with your all your queries about saving energy and money, including switching to a cheaper energy tariff, or accessing extra grants and benefits.”
In the Mirror, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, Gillian Guy, said: “This year Big Energy Saving Week is all about how we can make small changes to our everyday lives that help save money and have a positive impact on the environment.
The campaign was also mentioned on BBC Breakfast. Steven Baker from Citizens Advice Oxford spoke on BBC Radio Oxford saying that when it comes to energy “You don’t get rewarded for loyalty. If you let your tariff lapse you can end up paying a lot more than you need to be.”
In other news
The planting of 100 million trees a year in the UK to tackle the climate emergency could be paid for by new carbon levies on oil companies and airlines, the government’s official climate adviser has proposed.
Boris Johnson will scrap a £30,000 minimum salary threshold for immigrants arriving after Brexit under his plans for an Australian-style points system.