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Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) Order 1974 revoked

The effect of the Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) Order 1974, as amended in 1980, was to prohibit the use of fuel or electricity to heat premises above a temperature of 66.2 deg F (19 deg C). This came about in response to the energy crises and high profile energy saving campaigns from HM Government including the "Save It!" campaign of the early 1970s. It gave industrial, commercial and public sector energy managers legislative backing to their in-house energy saving activities when trying to reduce energy waste in heating offices and commercial/industrial buildings.

However, with effect from 9th July 2014 the 1974 order (as amended in 1980) was revoked as a result of a Government review of Red Tape. The reason given was that the Secretary of State, as quoted in S.I. 2014 No. 1509 "The Fuel and Electricity (Heating) (Control) (Revocations) Order 2014", "no longer considers it to be desirable or necessary to control the use of the substances [fuel or electricity]... for heating premises".

This may appear from a presentational viewpoint to give the wrong signal from Government concerning the need to reduce energy useage for economic and environmental reasons, however the legislation had never been used to prosecute an organisation for wasting energy on heating premises, there was little current knowledge of this 1970s legislation, and it seems unlikely any Government would use this legislation for taking legal action on energy waste.

Its removal from the statute books therefore will almost certainly have no effect on energy waste in the UK whereas rising energy prices and Government measures such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme and other mandatory reporting requirements are much more effective at driving down energy and carbon waste.

July 2014

Adapting to climate change
i. Latest Heatwave Plan for England
ii. New adaptation manual for conservationists

Public Health England and NHS England have published their heatwave plan for 2014 alongside guidance for individuals and those working in the health and social care sector. The plan, intended to protect the population from heat-related harm to health, includes information on expected impacts on other sectors (such as transport and energy), key trigger temperatures and key public health messages. For heatwave plan click here: Heatwave Plan for England (gov.uk).

Natural England and the RSPB, in partnership with the Climate Ready Support Service and the Forestry Commission, have published a new resource for conservation practitioners. The climate change adaptation manual (link to manual) helps land managers and conservationists to plan and take action to limit the impacts of climate change on the natural environment.

June 2014

Reform of the water market

The Water Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14th May and will mean businesses, charities and public sector customers have the freedom to switch water supplier from 2017. It will also ensure affordable flood insurance for hundreds of thousands of households from 2015.

The new Water Act will open up competition in the water market. Together with the other water market reforms set out in the Act, the Government estimates that this will grow the economy by 2 billion over the next 30 years.

The Act will:

  • address growing pressure on water resources by making our supply more resilient through new companies offering new sources of water,
  • help join up the national water network, by making it easier for water companies to buy and sell water from each other,
  • increase competition and encourage new entrants to the market who can offer alternative sources of water or innovative ways of treating sewerage, and
  • ensure that hundreds of thousands of households in the highest flood risk areas will be able to access affordable flood insurance from 2015.

Click here for the: Water Act 2014 announcement and associated information (on gov.uk).

June 2014

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