Social housing can pave the way for the UK’s building sector to hit net zero by 2050, according to a new report published late last week by the Sustainable Energy Agency (SEA). Social housing is already responsible for fewer emissions on average than other housing types. The paper argues that social housing landlords have an opportunity to go further by scaling deep retrofits across their housing stock to cut carbon emissions and improve life for their residents. It calls on the government to put its target that all homes be raised to EPC Band C by 2045 into law. Social housing should lead the way, aiming to reach the target by 2030, it says. The SEA also urged the government to deliver a new decent homes standard that better reflect the climate target; to implement a future homes standard that can ensure new homes are future proofed with low carbon heating and energy efficiency; and to increase government funding for energy efficiency measures and to introduce incentives for landlords to improve efficiency.
Business Green 30th Sept 2019 read more »