A coalition of industry and consumer groups are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ensure that the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy and Net-Zero Strategy do not repeat historic mistakes on decarbonising homes. In an open letter sent to Johnson today (25 August), the Aldersgate Group, the Federation of Master Builders, Citizens Advice and Which? are urging the Government to work more closely with consumers and the private sector to develop upcoming policy packages for decarbonising homes in line with the national net-zero target for 2050. The letter has also been sent to COP26 President Alok Sharma and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng. It outlines some of the most common challenges the groups have seen in improving home energy efficiency and installing low-carbon heating, covering high upfront costs; difficulty accessing information; inadequate consumer protection measures; a lack of low-cost loans and grants and difficulty accessing existing loan and grant schemes. In brief, the groups argue “it is too complicated” for most households to access the technologies they need and “things go wrong too often”.
Edie 25th Aug 2021 read more »
Government plans to decarbonise homes are too complicated and confusing, according to a coalition of consumer and industry groups. They’ve written to the prime minister to say that current schemes to adapt homes go wrong far too often. The open letter, from Citizens Advice and others, calls for more financial support for making changes. Otherwise, they argue, efforts to curb emissions from millions of homes in the UK will be at risk. Tackling energy use in the residential sector is seen as key to the government’s aim of getting to net zero by 2050. Net zero involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and then balancing out any further releases by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere by, for example, planting trees. The carbon generated by home heating amounts to about 20% of all UK emissions. But the government’s current efforts to help householders to adapt their homes are “too complicated”, and too often things go wrong, say industry and consumer groups. The coalition includes Citizens Advice, the Federation of Master Builders, the Aldersgate Group and Which? They argue that the process of installing low-carbon heating, upgrading insulation or putting in smart technologies is “time consuming, confusing and stressful”. They cite the example of the Green Homes Grant, a scheme that was designed to help people insulate their homes. It was scrapped in March this year after reaching just 10% of the houses that the government had promised would be improved.
BBC 25th Aug 2021 read more »
Previous green-home schemes have been marred by confusion and shoddy workmanship – this must change for net-zero transition is to be successful.
iNews 25th Aug 2021 read more »
Homes are a greater threat to the climate than cars, research has found. There are 25 million homes producing 58.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, according to analysis from the National Housing Federation. The trade body, which represents social landlords in England, compared this with Department for Transport figures to calculate that 27 million cars were emitting 56 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. This means that the average household in England produces more carbon dioxide every year in their home than they do by driving. Gas central heating systems and poor insulation are commonly to blame for heat loss. The Heat and Building Strategy review due next month will suggest homeowners with gas boilers face a levy to fund lower-carbon alternatives, such as hydrogen boilers and heat pumps, if the government is to meet its net-zero emissions target by 2050.
Times 25th Aug 2021 read more »
Coalition of industry and consumer groups warn current consumer protection regime is ‘not ready’ for pace and scale of work needed to upgrade millions of homes. The government must take urgent action to bolster public trust and confidence in the building decarbonisation agenda if it is to stand a chance of bringing the nation’s carbon-intensive housing stock in line with its 2050 net zero emissions goal, a coalition of consumer and industry groups has today warned.
Business Green 25th Aug 2021 read more »