The UK has ‘no chance’ of obtaining net zero without urgent action of energy efficiency

A report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee stated this morning:

“The UK stands no chance of meeting its emissions reduction targets, including net zero by 2050, unless the Government takes urgent action to revive its failing energy efficiency policy and builders are compelled to deliver the latest energy efficiency standards”, MPs have warned.

The report states that improving the energy efficiency of buildings will be vital to meeting climate change obligations, eradicating fuel poverty and lowering home energy bills. Energy efficiency is the cheapest way of reducing carbon emissions, but public investment has shrunk, and the rate of installations has gone backwards – with insulation measures installed in houses under Government schemes now around 95 per cent lower than in 2012.

Rachel Reeves MP Chair of the committee states: “Improving energy efficiency is by far the cheapest way of cutting our emissions and must be a key plank of any credible strategy to deliver net zero by 2050”.

The committee also stated: “The Government is presiding over a failing policy, it needs to be revived!”

The report also calls for energy efficiency to be designated a national infrastructure priority; that the government needs to fill the substantial investment gap and allocate more central funding to energy efficiency. It identifies that Scotland, NI and Wales invest significantly more per capita than England and this needs to be addressed urgently.

The report calls for more robust building regulations, finding that builders are currently able to exploit loopholes that allow them to build homes to outdated standards and sell homes that do not meet advertised energy standards.

Stuart Fairlie, Technical & Operations Director of Elmhurst, comments: “We welcome this report hot on the heels of the CCC report earlier in the week. The committee is 100% correct, targets have been set, but there is a vast gulf in any real ambitious policy on how to get to the goals. We appreciate that there have been lots of consultations and work behind the scenes in various departments across Whitehall, but the longer we wait the bigger the problem gets. We need to urgently set an agenda of how we are going to get all homes to band C by 2035 and how we will get to zero carbon by 2050. If we are serious about climate change we must start acting, not just talking about it.”

For further information and the report can be viewed here:

Article published: 12th July 

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