NEA response to BEIS Committee report calling for energy efficiency to be a vital national infrastructure priority

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 Embargo: 00:01, 12 July 2019

 

Today the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee have published a report on how to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s building stock. They call for home energy efficiency improvements to be a vital national infrastructure priority and a central national fund to provide access to all low-income, vulnerable and fuel poor homes to insulate their homes.

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of NEA comments:

“This is an important report. It shows how we can take giant strides toward ending fuel poverty and ushering in a net zero carbon economy. This is an opportunity that the UK Government cannot afford to spurn.

“Domestic energy efficiency may be a ‘no-brainer’, but the policies that will make it happen too often seem beyond our imagination. That has to change. We agree with the committee that improving the efficiency of homes is a vital national infrastructure priority, that the UK Government must address its over-reliance on energy company schemes and that we need a national fund to complement and compensate for existing programmes.

“Without the measures identified in this report, the government’s own Committee on Fuel Poverty have warned 160,000 fuel poor households will still be left in least efficient homes by 2020, needing to spend an additional £1000 to keep warm and well each year, despite living below the poverty line. We must take this vital opportunity and finally make fuel poverty a thing of the past.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. NEA works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that everyone in the UK can afford to live in a warm, dry home. For more information about visit www.nea.org.uk
  2. 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.
  3. To achieve this vision NEA are 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.
  4. In the short-term, NEA is calling for the introduction if 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
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