What has the UK done to achieve these commitments?
Introduced mandatory Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for the sale/purchase of new and existing homes - all properties when bought, sold, built or rented requires an EPC.
It is working with energy suppliers who through the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) which replaced the previous Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC) provide support to householders to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
The Government banned incandescent light bulbs in favour of Energy Saving Light Bulbs.
Introduced the Climate Change Levy, where businesses must pay additional tax on their energy use that is non-renewable energy.
Brought in a Renewables Obligation whereby all electricity suppliers must provide 10% of the electricity they sell from renewable sources.
The Government has passed the Energy Act 2008 to introduce measures such as the Feed-In Tariff, Smart Metering, Renewable Heat Incentives and Carbon Capture and Storage.
Lowered VAT to 5% on some professionally installed insulation and heating control measures to improve energy efficiency.
Introduced the Nottingham Declaration which shows Councils commitment to tackling climate change by improving the energy performance of their properties.
In 2008, total UK CO2 emissions were 533 million tonnes.
27% (144 million tonnes) of those emissions came from the energy we use to heat, light and power our homes.
Our transport emissions caused by passenger cars, buses and mopeds and motorcycles account for a further 16% (87 million tonnes) of CO2 emissions.