de Brún meets with Energy Saving Trust
Speaking after meeting with Noel Williams, head of the Energy Saving Trust, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has said that energy efficiency and sustainable transport must be priorities in the time ahead.
Ms de Brún is a member of the European Parliament Environment Committee.
Speaking after the meeting Ms de Brún said:
“75,000 homes across the constituency have no cavity wall insulation and up to 500,000 homes don’t have the correct level of loft insulation. This is madness at a time when older people die prematurely every winter because of fuel poverty and we are far from being able to meet EU targets on energy efficiency.
“A well co-ordinated scheme to better insulate homes could cut down on energy loss and could make a real contribution to not just the environment but also the economy. At a time of job losses in the construction industry, the Executive needs to respond to the potential benefits from such investment.
“The Energy Saving Trust makes a valuable contribution, helping people to use energy more efficiently and to reduce waste in a way that can lower their bills as well as acting on climate change.
“Another key area is sustainable transport policy and I will be meeting with DRD Minister Conor Murphy to ensure we make progress in this area, including public transport and lower carbon transport.”
Speaking afterwards Head of the Energy Saving Trust Noel Williams said: “We had an extremely positive meeting with Bairbre de Brún which touched on a range of important issues that will help people’s pockets and the environment.
“People clearly recognise that they can do more to help the environment by cutting down car use as well as energy use in the home. As a recent Energy Saving Trust study showed that fifty-five per cent of people would drive more efficiently if they had more information as to how it would save money and carbon dioxide emissions, we were delighted to take the opportunity to discuss how consumers and fleet owners can benefit from practical advice offered by the Energy Saving Trust.
“It is also clear that in the current economic climate and with the price of energy, steps need to be taken now to tackle fuel poverty. By focusing on making homes more energy efficient we can not only help families make real savings but we can also help build a green economy providing much needed jobs and investment.” ENDS