Government Consultations

Each year, Elmhurst responds to a number of consultations released by different government departments across the UK. Consultations are released to provoke discussion and thought within the industry which in turn can help government departments to develop effective strategy and policies.

Elmhurst Energy Responses

Elmhurst actively encourages members to respond to all relevant consultations, and always considers their views and opinions when developing our own response. Our Manifesto for Growth  highlights what we believe are the highest priority actions for government and industry to reduce fuel poverty, energy consumption and our impact on climate change. This document forms the basis for a lot of our responses, to ensure that our members remain at the heart of all future energy policy.

Please note: If Elmhurst is responding to any open consultations, these will be displayed below

All Open Consultations

The consultations listed below are currently open and can be responded to. Elmhurst will also be providing links to any draft responses here.


Design of the Energy Company Obligation ECO4: 2022-2026

Released by: BEIS   Release date: 20th July 2021   Response Deadline: 31st August 2021

BEIS are consulting seeking views on the future design of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

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Maximising non-domestic smart meter consumer benefits, improving the data offer and enabling innovation

Released by: BEIS   Release date: 5th July 2021   Response Deadline: 24th September 2021

BEIS are consulting on proposals to improve the smart meter data offer for non-domestic energy consumers.

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Strengthening the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Released by: BEIS   Release date: 6th July 2021   Response Deadline: 28th September 2021

This consultation seeks views on proposed measures to strengthen the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme to improve the uptake of energy efficiency measures, and increase the benefits for participating businesses..

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Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) reform: consultation

Released by: Scottish Government   Release date: 23rd July 2021   Response Deadline: 8th October 2021

This consultation sets out proposals to change the Energy Performance Certificate's (EPC) format. This leads on from proposals established in the draft Heat in Buildings Strategy to reform the EPC framework.

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Home energy efficiency: equity loan pilot: call for evidence

Released by: Scottish Government   Release date: 2nd August 2021   Response Deadline: 8th October 2021

The Scottish Government has published a ‘call for evidence’ seeking views on the future expansion of the Home Energy Efficiency Equity Loan Pilot to a nationwide support scheme.

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Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards

Released by: Scottish Government   Release date: 26th July 2021   Response Deadline: 15h October 2021

The Scottish Government has released a consultation on proposed changes to energy standards within Scottish building regulations. The consultation also includes related topics such as ventilation, overheating and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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Closed Consultations (England and Wales)

Previous consultations released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Welsh Government and other related industry groups, over the last 12 months, can be found listed below. Each includes a link to the closed consultation and Elmhurst's final response. Outcomes of these consultations will be shared via our latest news and media channels.

Introducing a performance-based policy framework in large commercial and industrial buildings

The Non-Domestic Private Rented Sector MEES Implementation of the EPC B Future Target

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: ensuring a stable scheme

The Future Buildings Standard

Improving home energy performance through lenders

Tackling fuel poverty 2020 to 2035

Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes

Energy Performance Certificates in buildings: call for evidence

Energy Performance of Buildings: changes to the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations

Building Regulations Part L and F Review (Wales)- Consultation

Building Regulations Part L and F Review - Stage 2A (Wales)- Consultation

The Future Homes Standards- Consultation

Non-domestic Private Rented Sector minimum energy efficiency standards: future trajectory to 2030- Consultation

Facilitating energy efficiency in the electricity system- Call for Evidence

Fuel Poverty Strategy for England- Consultation

Energy Company Obligation (ECO3): improving consumer protection- Consultation

Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system- Consultation

Closed Consultations (Scotland)

Previous consultations released by the Scottish Government can be found listed below. Each includes a link to the closed consultation and Elmhurst's final response. Outcomes of these consultations will be shared via our latest news and media channels.

Heat in buildings strategy - achieving net zero emissions: consultation

Energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes - skills requirements: consultation

New Build Heat Standard: scoping consultation

Energy Efficient Scotland: Improving energy efficiency in owner occupied homes

Energy Efficient Scotland: Consultation on further development of the programme

The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings: a call for evidence

Closed Consultations NI

Previous consultations released by the Department for the Economy, can be found listed below. Each includes a link to the closed consultation and Elmhurst's final response. Outcomes of these consultations will be shared via our latest news and media channels.

Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland: Consultation on Policy Options

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