Derek Thomas MP calls on West Cornwall to be more energy efficient and tackle climate change

With environmental issues riding high in public debate, Derek Thomas MP is backing a greater focus on energy efficiency – the missing piece in tackling the climate crisis and how getting a smart meter installed is one way to make a difference.

Research by Smart Energy GB, the University of Salford and the Energy Saving Trust found that less than 3% of our conversations about climate change mention the topic of energy efficiency. Yet, if every household took action, we could achieve 11% of the UK’s 2050 carbon targets.

After showing his support at an event in parliament, Derek Thomas MP is encouraging more people in St Ives to explore how they could become more energy efficiency.

Derek Thomas MP said:

“Over 12,000 homes currently have a smart meter in West Cornwall, but there is still so much to do to ensure we all enjoy the benefits that smart meters bring to our homes and businesses.

“I recognise that we cannot address the climate change challenge unless we understand and embrace smart metering technology.”

Currently 12,075 people in Derek Thomas MP’s constituency of St Ives have upgraded their old analogue meter to a smart meter, helping to create a cleaner, greener energy system.

Robert Cheesewright, Director of Corporate Affairs at Smart Energy GB said:

“I am extremely pleased Derek Thomas MP joined us to find out about the vital role smart meters are playing in upgrading our energy infrastructure and helping Great Britain become more energy efficient.

“We are facing a climate crisis and if the UK wants to lead the world with our commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, we all have to do our bit to meet that goal. If every household took the energy efficiency measures available right now, together we could achieve 11% of the UK’s carbon target.”   

One of the easiest ways to be more energy efficient is to get a smart meter installed. Just as smart meters help households to become more aware of their energy use and take steps to reduce it, the same is true at a national level where a smart energy system can prevent waste at source by making far better assessments of the nation’s energy needs.