Friday 4th November - a big day for energy efficiency

The 4th November 2016 may not have seemed a very normal Friday in many respects  but for those of us who work in the energy efficiency sector, it was a landmark day. It was the day on which the Paris Agreement came into force.

It is the Paris Agreement, and the Kyoto agreement before it that requires our government, and the governments nearly 220 other countries, to measure the carbon emissions that are emitted from the building that we occupy, from industry, agriculture and transport and then take action to reduce it. Quite simply reducing carbon emissions either a matter of reducing the amount of energy consumed, or reducing the amount of carbon based fuels needed to generate it.

The Paris agreement commits the UK to:

  • peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible
  • keep global temperature increase "well below" 2C (3.6F) and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C
  • review progress every five years

With an estimated 40% of the UK carbon emissions coming from the buildings in which we live and work the need for EPCs has never been more important.

Elmhurst understands the importance if the Paris 2015 agreement and urges Government to review its current strategies against the Elmhurst Manifesto.  

To help create an energy efficient society we need to:

  1. Create a clear government strategy that reduces carbon emissions by reducing demand as well as decarbonising energy generation.
  2. Ensure an appropriate focus on energy efficiency initiatives that benefit the fuel poor, those families on low incomes and live in the least efficient homes.
  3. Reduce the validity period for Energy Performance Certificates to three years so the information is meaningful and up-to-date.
  4. Have Energy Performance Certificates at the core of all future energy initiatives to allow successes to be measured and compared.
  5. Extend the role of Energy Assessors to include best practice advice to families on how to reduce fuel bills and make their homes warmer.
  6. Maintain a long-term energy efficiency strategy to allow stability to plan and invest.

Elmhurst believes that this six point plan will significantly reduce the demand for energy allowing the movement to achieve it published commitment in a way with far less political and financial risk that simply focussing on decarbonising the supply with nuclear power.

For more information on the Elmhurst Manifesto click here

For more information on Paris 2015 agreement click here

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