On 12 July 2019 the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee published their report on energy efficiency. The report makes 25 recommendations to which this document provides a response. The report draws the conclusion that a major upgrade of the energy performance of the UK’s entire building stock will be a fundamental pillar of any credible strategy to reach net zero emissions, to address fuel poverty and cut energy bills. The report also concludes that Government is presiding over failed policy which needs to be revived to get back on track to meet energy efficiency targets. The Government agrees wholeheartedly that energy efficiency is a fundamental pillar of our approach to reaching net zero emissions, addressing fuel poverty and cutting energy bills. This is why the Government has set ambitious energy efficiency targets. The Government disagrees that energy efficiency policy is failing. Since 1990 the energy demand of the average home has fallen by 16%, emissions from non-domestic buildings have reduced by over 20% and emissions from business and industry have halved.
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