§ Mr. McKelvey
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his policy towards the recommendations of the International Institute for the Environment and Development study "A low energy strategy for the United Kingdom".
§ Mr. John Moore
The IIED study, published in 1979, was a valuable pioneering attempt to show how United Kingdom energy consumption could fall given appropriate assumptions about future developments in energy efficiency. A recent energy technology support unit report examines the IIED scenario and other low energy futures and concludes that the technologies included were for the most part technically plausible but that it was difficult to see implementation of these technologies taking place at the rate assumed by the IIED.