Each Home Counts Newsletter 29 January 2016

NEWSLETTER

This week, we are once again pleased to report that there is a lot of activity happening across all the Review Workstreams.

 

The outcome of recent events and discussions highlights the continued progress we are making.  All workstreams are now intently focused on delivering recommendations and implementation roadmaps during the next month.

 

Full steam ahead for our Consumer protection & Renewables workshops run in tandem 29 January

 

 

Workstream Updates

 

This week the Review team has again been reaching out to stakeholders across the sector including presenting on the Bonfield Review’s progress at meetings of the Committee on Fuel Poverty (Formerly FPAG), the NEA Business Supporters Group and the Competent Persons Forum.

 

The first workshop for the Consumer Protection workstream takes place today (29 January).  Key experts will be exploring where consumer protection may need improving, how to monitor consumer protection and the causes of any current consumer protection gaps.

 

A busy day for the Review also sees the first renewables workshop today (29 January).  The workshop will evaluate current good practices within the sector, areas for improvement and build a strawman for the future shape of renewable energy.  The straw-man will be further developed at the larger 2nd workshop on the 8th February 2016.

 

The second Skills and Training workshop is expected to be held during the week commencing 8 February. Building on the outcomes of the first workshop in January and ensuing discussions, the objective will be to draw up an initial set of recommendations to take forward.

 

Implementation Board

 

We have set up an “Implementation Board” which will be tasked with ensuring that the different workstreams are delivering against the overall objectives of the Review and are sufficiently aligned with each other.

 

The Board will be chaired by Peter Bonfield with core membership including the workstream leads alongside DCLG and DECC government representatives. The intention is that the Board will meet monthly for the remainder of the Review period and during this time be responsible for signing off the recommendations, workstream roadmaps for implementing agreed actions and the final report.

 

In the longer term, it is the intention that the Board will continue and oversee the implementation of the recommendations.  This will provide a key link between government and industry on energy efficiency and renewable energy and build on the industry led approach started during the Review.

 

The Board will meet for the first time on Tuesday 2nd February at the DECC Offices to discuss emerging workstream recommendations.

 

The initial Board members include:

  • Peter Bonfield -Chair (Review team)
  • Philip Sellwood – Energy Saving Trust (Advice & Guidance)
  • Scott Steedman – BSI (Quality and Standards)
  • Liz Male – Trustmark (Skills and Training)
  • Claire Curtis-Thomas – BBA (Compliance and Enforcement)
  • Peter Broad – Citizens Advice (Consumer Protection)
  • David Adams – Willmott Dixon (Holistic Property Approach)
  • Diana Montgomery – Construction Products Association (Insulation)
  • Mike Short – Telefonica (Smart Meters)
  • Howard Porter – BEAMA (Renewables)
  • Senior Government Officials (DCLG & DECC)

 

Advice & Guidance led by Energy Saving Trust

 

The Advice and Guidance workstream is being led by Philip Sellwood from the Energy Saving Trust (EST).  Huge progress has been made to date on developing recommendations for the future shape of advice and guidance within the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors.

 

The process began in earnest in December with a workshop organised and run by EST at the BIS Conference Centre in London.  Over 30 experts from across the industry and with knowledge in consumer engagement met and had a productive discussion to review the existing landscape and identify gaps or weaknesses and to establish a common future framework for consumer engagement, advice and guidance.  The discussion focussed on the following themes:

 

  • Ways to engage consumers with energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • How advice can be tailored to individual consumer needs and provided on the most prudent action to take in their home
  • How guidance can be provided on the practical steps for installing particular measures
  • What are the main trigger points which can be used to provide advice to consumers
  • What is the role of EPCs in the consumer advice journey

 

The workshop attendees were divided into groups that focussed on understanding the requirements of different consumer groups including the private rented sector, the fuel poor and the able to pay market.

 

The output collated from the workshop will be fed into further workshops that will be held over the coming weeks.  These will include:

  • a discussion to think more radically about the solutions to providing a sustainable and consumer focussed advice and guidance journey for energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • a planning session to develop a roadmap for the implementation of emerging recommendations around advice and guidance.

 

The Bonfield 10

 

The team is:

 

Peter Bonfield, Kanta Nar, Richard Mellish, Matt Webb, Michael McIlroy and;

 

Name Workstream Lead on
Alison Oliver Advice & Guidance, Insulation
Elaine Simpson Smart Meters, Compliance & Enforcement
Lynne Ebdon Skills & Training
Will Field Renewables
Sherif Kahky Quality & Standards, Consumer Protection

 

We welcome your interest in the workstreams, so please continue to send in your contributions, thoughts and comments to our joint email account, BonfieldReview@decc.gsi.gov.uk