Judicial review over energy efficiency row

Eric Pickles' Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will face a day in court over its controversial decision to scrap energy efficiency rules that would have delivered an estimated £11bn boost to the economy.

The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) confirmed this afternoon that it will make good on its threat to seek to a Judicial Review over Pickles' decision late last year to scrap the "consequential improvement" rules
The regulations would have required households and businesses undertaking extension work to ensure their properties meet minimum energy efficiency standards and were seen as a central plank of the government's wider efficiency strategy.

ACE Director Andrew Warren  - "We want to see a speedy resolution of this matter, so that we can begin to see some of the benefits which Mr Pickles identified last year would accrue from implementing his original "consequential improvements" strategy, of £11bn savings to the economy, 130 million lifetime tonnes of carbon dioxide , and 2.2 million more households benefitting from the Green Deal," Warren said.