Our homes must get greener to hit net zero. The UK has flip-flopped from one half-hearted solution to another for far too long, this may be our last chance to get it right. our boiler might have to be replaced. All of our homes may end up having to be virtually re-built. And new energy networks may have to be created from scratch. Very soon, the Government is set to unveil its strategy paper for decarbonising heating and homes. Over the next decade, the way we light and most of all keep warm the places where we live will have to change radically if the UK is to have any hope of meeting its commitment to a ‘net zero’ economy. With the right strategy, the UK could minimise the costs, and build some new industries at the same time. The trouble is, the Johnson administration is not known, to put it mildly, for making hard choices. But when it comes to moving towards net-zero homes it will have to – and in reality after zig-zagging all over the palace, it has only one more chance to get this right. It may not attract many headlines, or set many pulses racing, but creating carbon-neutral homes is hugely important for creating a net-zero society.
Telegraph 11th July 2021 read more »