As it continues to explore how to meet net-zero by 2050, the Environmental Audit Committee launches its inquiry into Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes. There are around 29 million homes with considerable potential to improve their energy efficiency, which would result in boosting household incomes, alleviating fuel poverty and cutting carbon emissions. Homes account for just under 30% of energy use and are responsible for around 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. The Government has stalled in its progress towards making homes across the UK more energy efficient. Despite its Manifesto pledge of £9.2 billion to drive improvements in homes, schools and hospitals, the Government has not yet brought forward policies or allocated funding to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes. There are over 10 million owner occupied households below the Energy Performance Certificate band C. This is the market where the largest carbon savings can be made yet there are no incentives for this market to grow. If the challenge is taken up of decarbonising existing homes, it offers an opportunity for the Government to build a domestic supply chain and skills base, while delivering on its levelling up ambitions. Improving the energy efficiency of homes will also help alleviate fuel poverty, which affects around 2.53 million households in England alone. Fuel poverty targets are being routinely missed, risking the health of vulnerable people and putting additional pressure on the NHS during the winter months.
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