The government must deliver clear sighted energy efficiency policy – nothing else will do Andrew Warren. The government must deliver on its promises to tackle the UK’s woefully inefficient housing stock. Back in 2017 the then Prime Minister Theresa May launched the government’s (still extant) Clean Growth Strategy. At that time, Ministers were permitted by advisors to appear on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme. So her Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry – now Claire O’Neill – went on air to promise that “all housing stock must be to level C by 2035”. She reckoned this would mean the average home would be £300 a year cheaper to run. The scale of the challenge was laid bare yet again this week in an investigation led by the BBC which found almost two-thirds of UK homes still fail to meet long-term energy efficiency standards, with more than 12 million homes falling below grade C on their Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), which rank buildings on a scale from A-G. The absence of progress has prompted, Lord Foster of Bath, to launch a Private Members Bill called the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill. Don Foster was the Bath MP from 1983 until his retirement in 2010, and is a former Buildings Minister. As he told the House of Lords, the Bill “is simple: it requires the government to do a number of things, to which they have already committed in writing, by certain dates”. Quite specifically, it places a statutory duty upon the government to ensure that by 2035 the entire housing stock is at minimum at level C. No longer just a desire, nor merely an aspiration. But as a solid legal commitment as that to be found in the 2008 Climate Change Act, or in the 2019 regulations that require a net zero emission economy by 2050.
Business Green 5th March 2020 read more »
The Government has yet again been urged to reconsider proposed approaches to energy efficiency in housebuilding, after a coalition of councils urged Ministers to remove restrictions that would inhibit higher standards being set. In an open letter, coordinated by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and sent to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), local authority leaders are calling for freedom to set energy efficiency standards that are above national proposals. Singed by the UK100 and Mayors from London, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester and seven other councils, the letter urges the Government to reverse proposals in Part L of Building Regulations and the Future Homes Standard that would restrict energy efficiency standards in buildings.
Edie 5th March 2020 read more »