Making our homes as comfortable and aesthetically pleasing as possible is an aspiration of many. However, not enough people realise that measures to make their homes more energy efficient can also deliver these outcomes. How do we make sure people know about this and care? What is the role of government in helping those who can’t afford to make these improvements and are struggling to pay their energy bills due to the inefficient, old building stock they live in? These were some of the questions discussed at a roundtable event on ‘Warm Homes for All: Can a mix of integrated business models, flexible finance and community intermediaries close the policy gap?, hosted by the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) on 25th June in London. The main purpose of the event was to discuss the policy recommendations of the new Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) report ‘Warm Homes for All’.
Sussex Energy Group 3rd July 2018 read more »
The UK will not meet its 2030 goals to boost energy efficiency in its housing stock until the end of the century, new research from think tank IPPR has concluded. The organisation’s Beyond ECO: The Future of Fuel Poverty Support report, published July 3rd, reveals that the Government is likely to “dramatically miss” its Fuel Poverty Strategy target of ensuring all fuel-poor homes are upgraded to an energy efficiency rating (EPC) of C by 2030, and will not meet this aim until 2091 at the earliest. The report attributes this slow progress to the current pace of deployment of energy efficiency measures under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which is set to be formally re-launches for the period 2018-2022 later this year.
Edie 3rd July 2018 read more »