The UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy is masking stark regional divides, according to new research, with regions such as the North of England and East Midlands being left behind. Researchers from Imperial College London and consultancy firm E4tech are warning of a two-tier emerging as Britain undergoes an energy revolution. While many businesses and homes across London, Scotland and the East are set to benefit from clean growth and lower energy bills, research has found that regions such as Wales, Yorkshire and the East Midlands are falling behind. Some of these regions are suffering from low energy efficiency ratings, while cost of heating, combined with lower average incomes in these areas mean that fuel poverty rates are particularly high. Imperial’s Dr Iain Staffnell said: “The country is going through an energy revolution. We are creating an energy system which will power our future economy and help tackle climate change. “But, our research reveals that Britain is at risk of creating a two-tier economy, leaving millions of families and businesses less well equipped to enjoy cheaper bills and better health outcomes. Our concern is they will not be offered the same opportunities as people living in regions which are modernising their energy infrastructure.”
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The differences in the pace of the energy revolution are the result of uneven investment from both national government and local authorities, the report said, as well as variations in average household income. London is leading the way because of its high provision of public transport – it receives 45 per cent of national funds for rail electrification, for example – and the relatively low cost of owning an electric car in the capital. Residential homes in the capital also tend to be more energy efficient, while households in the south east tend to enjoy higher incomes. Meanwhile, people in Scotland benefit from high levels of renewable power generation, a high proportion of EV charging points, and relatively energy efficient housing. Conversely in the East Midlands and Yorkshire homes are draughtier and less energy efficient, pushing rates of fuel poverty up. Transport is also more centred around personal vehicle use, pushing up emissions.
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SCOTLAND and London are leading the way in the UK’s “energy revolution” with advances in electric cars and smart appliances, according to a new study. The country’s capital and Scotland lead on energy due to their successful shifts from fossil fuels to renewable-generated electricity, researchers from Imperial College London and E4tech suggested. The report also pointed out that residential homes in London, Scotland and the east are more energy efficient – being more likely to score high, A-C Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings and have fewer buildings rated F and G. But while some areas rushed ahead in the renewable energy ratings, others lagged further behind. The north of England and the East Midlands were included in the list of areas where renewable energies were not as well developed.
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