There have been 5,804 installations of green technology to date under the Green Homes Grant, with 906 of these being low carbon heating. This is according to the latest figures released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), showing that despite there having only been close to 6,000 installations, as of the end of February 2021 there have been 123,537 voucher applications. Of those, 28,277 vouchers have been issued and 2,908 vouchers paid. Including installations done this month, low carbon heating made up 15.6%, with solar thermal being the most popular choice at 443 installations. Air source heat pumps came close behind with 388, followed by hybrid heat pumps with 72 installations. Only one ground source heat pump has been installed under the scheme, with this installation taking place in January 2021.
Current 19th March 2021 read more »
UK faces ‘colossal’ task to modify homes under green plans, MPs warn. Programme to retrofit 19m properties is undermined by lack of skills.
FT 22nd March 2021 read more »
The UK government’s flagship home insulation scheme, intended to kickstart a green recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, has been botched, disastrous in administration, devastating in some of its impacts, and stands in urgent need of rescue, an influential committee of MPs has said. Their outspoken criticism is a blow to the government’s plans for reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions, and comes as ministers prepare to host vital UN climate talks – called Cop26 – in Glasgow this November. There can be little chance of meeting the UK’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 without a comprehensive programme to insulate Britain’s 19m draughty homes and switch from gas boilers to low-CO2 heating, the environmental audit committee of MPs said on Monday.
Guardian 22nd March 2021 read more »
The masterplan to help people upgrade the UK’s homes has been “botched” and must be urgently overhauled, MPs say. The environmental audit select committee says the Green Homes Grant (GHG), which offers people up to £10,000 for insulation, is so inept that it is actually damaging the building sector. It adds that 19 million UK homes are poorly insulated and accuses ministers of “failing to grasp” the challenge. The government says it is “committed to going further and faster”. But the MPs warn that unless urgent action is taken to improve energy efficiency of homes this decade, the UK will fail to meet its climate targets. That is because the UK’s housing stock accounts for 20% of its carbon emissions through heating, hot water and cooking. The MPs said the scheme had “only achieved 10% of its target to improve 600,000 homes in six months”.
BBC 22nd March 2021 read more »
MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have accused the government of “failing to grasp” the challenge of decarbonising the nation’s housing stock, warning that existing support for homeowners looking to ‘green’ their homes falls far short of the levels required to put the UK on pathway to net zero emissions. A report published this morning by the select committee warns the UK’s legally enshrined target to achieve net zero emissions will “hit a roadblock” unless urgent action is taken to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes, which are responsible for 19 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and 30 per cent of energy use.
Business Green 22nd March 2021 read more »
Net Zero impossible unless urgent action taken on energy efficiency this decade. The Government is failing to grasp the enormous challenge of decarbonising the UK’s housing stock, which accounts for 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) warns today. In its latest report, Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes, the Environmental Audit Committee states that the Government’s legally enshrined target to be net zero carbon by 2050 will hit a roadblock unless urgent action is taken to improve energy efficiency of homes this decade. The Government appears to have underestimated the costs to decarbonise UK homes by 2050, at between £35 billion and £65 billion. However, this does not include properties such as those with solid walls, or those in conservation areas which could make energy efficiency installations more challenging. 19 million UK properties need energy efficiency upgrades to meet EPC band C, and the EAC heard in evidence that it can cost on average £18,000 (before a heat pump installation). Therefore, the cost is likely to be far greater than the Government’s estimate.
Environment Audit Committee 22nd March 2021 read more »
Lib Dems call for ’emergency’ plan to insulate every home. Party leader Sir Ed Davey says a £9 billion ‘windfall’ from the sale of offshore wind farm rights could pay for the scheme.
Evening Standard 21st March 2021 read more »
Adapting homes to meet climate targets will be far more expensive than the government claims and could cost more than £20,000 a property, MPs say. Ministers are “failing to grasp the enormous challenge of decarbonising the housing stock”, the Commons environmental audit committee said. Nearly 19 million properties, two thirds of the total, would fail to achieve a grade C energy performance certificate, the minimum standard which the climate change committee has said all homes must meet by 2035 for Britain to hit its legally binding target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy estimates that it will cost between £35 billion and £65 billion to bring all homes up to the C rating. The committee said that this estimate implied a cost of between £1,800 and £3,400 per property but did not include the supplying and fitting an electric heat pump in place of a gas boiler. The committee heard evidence that retrofitting a property to grade C could cost about £18,000, while a heat pump could add another £5,000 to the total. “Therefore, the cost is likely to be far greater than the government’s estimate,” the committee said.
Times 22nd March 2021 read more »