ECO4 to utilise EPCs and PAS2035
As members will know, BEIS has published the consultation documents for the ECO4 scheme. That consultation closes today.
The ECO4 scheme will run from April 2022 until March 2026 at an average value of £1 billion per year. Its main objective is to improve as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable to EPC band C by 2030, with an interim milestone of band D by 2025. This will help to reduce emissions and will contribute towards the country's net zero agenda. Some of the proposals outlined within the 'Energy Company Obligation ECO4: 2022 - 2026' document include:
- continuing to target low income, vulnerable, and fuel poor households
- giving greater support and deeper retrofit for the least energy efficient homes, requiring homes to meet new minimum energy efficiency requirements
- continuing to mandate compliance with the fabric-first approach set out in PAS 2035
- changing the proportion of the scheme that can be delivered through local authority referrals, and by suppliers
- explaining how ECO interacts with other grant funding
- seeking views on a future supplier buy-out mechanism to enable small suppliers to participate in ECO, subject to primary legislation
Elmhurst welcomes the release of the consultation and is delighted that it will use EPCs to determine eligibility and PAS2035 to manage retrofit. A real vote of confidence for the energy assessment industry.
Elmhurst published its draft response and was pleased to have received feedback from members which has been incorporated into this, our final submission.
The essence of Elmhurst’s response is that we welcome the consultation and the shift it is making towards whole house retrofit.
Elmhurst Energy’s Martyn Reed commented:
“This proposal is great for consumers who are in fuel poverty and the whole house approach will deliver solutions which maximise the energy efficiency potential.
This is also a fantastic opportunity for energy assessors, retrofit assessment and Retrofit Coordinators but it will also put us under the spotlight. We need to continue to review our processes to ensure that energy assessments can be relied upon and any attempts to “game the system” are quickly identified and the perpetrators dealt with appropriately. We need to understand that in many cases energy assessors will have the key to funding and we all need to respect the responsibility that comes with that authority. That said, Elmhurst is proud of the scheme that it runs and we are confident that, with the improvements that we have made in the last five years, we can deliver. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Read Elmhurst's response to: Energy Company Obligation ECO4: 2022 to 2026.