DECC Minister to address Nearer to Zero conference

Monday, January 21, 2013

Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change will provide the keynote speech at the Birmingham Nearer to Zero conference on 14th February.

Shortly after the 28th January 2013 launch date for the Green Deal Cashback Scheme, Baroness Verma will offer the government perspective on what the scheme hopes to achieve and will take questions from the floor.

The Nearer to Zero conference in Birmingham will explore opportunities and challenges for delivering zero carbon new homes from 2016 in the Midlands, addressing the following questions:

  • What is the definition of a zero carbon home and how might this be achieved?
  • What is the current understanding of cost and viability for the delivery of zero carbon homes?
  • How will planning reform impact local development policy?
  • What are the roles of local authorities in assisting delivery within the new localism landscape?

In addition, the retro-fit agenda will be explored, and presenters will consider the Green Deal, and the impact that it is predicted to have on the existing housing market. Birmingham City Council will highlight their Birmingham Energy Savers programme – which by the year 2050 is planned to have retro-fitted up to 60,000 households with energy efficiency measure such as insulation and new boilers.

For further details and to book a place at the conference, please visit