NEA responds to Committee on Climate Change recommendation to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050
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For immediate release: 2 May 2019
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today recommended the UK Government sets an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net-zero’ by 2050. Fuel poverty charity NEA, has responded to the report by welcoming the key conclusions that the UK Government must ensure the costs of this transition are fair. The report also stresses greater investment in home insulation and low-carbon heating in fuel-poor homes will be needed to reduce the cost of decarbonisation and achieve carbon reduction and fuel poverty targets at the same time.
Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of NEA comments: “We agree with the committee; ending fuel poverty and ambition for our climate are indivisible, not inimical. There is now a huge opportunity for the UK Government, devolved nations, industry and campaigners to demonstrate how the most vulnerable people in our society can be the first to benefit from this necessary transition.”
Despite the potential to meet fuel poverty and climate goals at the same time, the charity has recently warned delivery of home energy efficiency improvements has dramatically slowed, particularly in England. Without more ambitious action they say in England 160,000 fuel-poor households could still be living in the least efficient homes by 2020 and the CCC warns an additional 2.4 million households could be pushed into fuel poverty across the UK by 2030. NEA and a wide range of organisations are therefore urging the UK Government to make domestic energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority and introduce a comprehensive domestic energy efficiency programme to ensure statutory fuel poverty and carbon targets are met.
Notes to editors
- NEA works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that everyone in the UK can afford to live in a warm, dry home.
- Meeting fuel poverty commitments by improving energy efficiency complements ambitious action to meet wider housing, climate change and air quality obligations and ensures everyone is able to access the benefits of the wider low carbon transition. Ending fuel poverty also directly reduces the risk of premature death, acute physical and mental illness and reduces pressures on our stretched health services.
- To achieve this vision NEA is calling for a coordinated programme of locally-led, area-based energy efficiency schemes alongside nationally available ‘safety net’ grants for households who miss out on, or cannot wait for, area-based schemes to reach them. This combination of area-based energy efficiency schemes and a self-referral safety net programme has been the hallmark of energy efficiency delivery for low-income households in the devolved nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in recent years.
- In the short-term, NEA is calling for the introduction of a new Clean Growth Fuel Poverty Challenge Fund. The fund would operate from late 2019 to 2025. It would help the poorest households living in rural areas and other hard-to-heat homes. For more information about what NEA believes the UK Government’s priorities should be ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrmwYAS7i0E