Cost of green home measures such as insulation and heat pumps ‘putting homeowners off’ amid calls to scrap VAT. Households interested in installing green home measures such as extra insulation and heat pumps are being put off by the high cost of low-carbon technology, new research suggests. Online searches for terms such as “how much are heat pumps” and “where to buy insulation” jumped in 2020, but the rising consumer interest did not translate into higher sales. In fact, sales of insulation and solar panels fell last year. At least four million homes could have been insulated and two million tonnes of CO2 could have been cut in 2020 if customers hadn’t been put off by the high cost of green home products, energy supplier Bulb calculated.
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With less than five months until COP26, the UK Government surveyed almost 7,000 people to garner how much they know about the net-zero transition. Here, edie rounds up the key findings. The survey was carried out by researchers from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) last autumn, receiving 6,947 responses from adults across the UK. The results were published late last week. Respondents were asked for information about their knowledge of the effects of climate change and the UK’s plans for transitioning to net-zero by 2050 – as well as their willingness to adopt some of the low-carbon lifestyle changes recommended by the Government’s Climate Change Committee (CCC). The findings act as a snapshot of current levels of knowledge on – and engagement with – the nation’s long-term climate plans. They also assess how the general public thinks about the challenges and opportunities of the net-zero transition. Here, edie rounds up some of the key facts and figures from the survey.
Edie 28th June 2021 read more »
In just over four months all eyes will be on Glasgow as the UK hosts the global climate conference, COP26. These are the most pivotal climate talks since Paris in 2015, where almost every nation on Earth signed a legally binding treaty aiming to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees. While the Paris climate agreement was hailed a huge success and a breakthrough on global climate action, progress towards meeting its goal has since been painfully slow. According to the world’s scientific community, this failure to act has left us with just eight years to implement the necessary measures that would avoid the most catastrophic impacts of irreversible, runaway climate breakdown. Many see COP26 as our last, best chance to prevent global temperatures from spiralling out of control. So, what needs to happen to make this climate summit a success? One word – action. We’ve heard all of the promises, world leaders have set target after target, now we desperately need to see cold, hard policies, as well as funding, that actually deliver the emissions cuts required globally, and in a way which is fair.
Politics 28th June 2021 read more »