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Energy efficiency debate

Peers have taken part in a dinner-break debate on how the government intends to implement its strategy for energy efficiency, on 10 December 2012.

The debate was tabled by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Teverson.

The government published its energy efficiency strategy last month, claiming it could help boost jobs and growth.

Opening the debate, Lord Teverson said it was a shame the introduction of the strategy had gone largely unnoticed, but said such a strategy was important to the future of the UK.

He told peers: "Energy efficiency means that emissions come down, it means there is greater energy security and it also means, according to the secretary of state, we will need 22 less power stations in our investment programme by 2030."

Labour peer Lord Judd used his contribution to call for clothes manufacturers and fashion designers to be encouraged to produce warmer clothes to assist with energy efficiency.

He said: "Fashion is all about smartness and elegance and how you look - surely in a society that was taking its energy needs seriously it would be about keeping warm?

"Why don't we give higher priority in our clothing design to the need to keep warm and use less energy?"

Replying to the debate on behalf of the government, Energy Minister Baroness Verma told peers energy efficiency must be at the centre of the UK's energy policy.

She said: "This country has an excellent record of using its resources effectively and energy should be no different."

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