Sinead Lynch – UK Country Chair of Shell: The government has asked for views on their “Future Homes Standard”, their proposal to reduce emissions from new homes. This week we provided our response. It’s a really important topic. We do not lightly change something as fundamental as how we heat our homes but, today in the UK, our homes are responsible for a fifth of emissions, so change them over time we must. Today, two thirds of houses are cold and draughty, 85% of them are heated by natural gas. And, of the remaining homes, only half are powered by electricity: the rest, mostly by oil. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said that today’s homes are not “fit for the future.” They’ve argued that, by 2050, all homes must be insulated to the highest standards, and that the vast majority must use low carbon heat. We agree. If the UK is to meet net zero by 2050 we need to crack this. New homes must be net zero as soon as possible.
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