NEA statement in response to Energy and Climate Change Committee report on home energy efficiency and demand reduction
Issued: 14 March 2016
Following the publication by the Energy and Climate Change Committee of their report on home energy efficiency and demand reduction this weekend, National Energy Action (NEA) has released the following statement:
NEA supports the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s calls on the UK Government to invest in warmer and more energy efficient homes. In particular, we welcome them renewing calls for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to investigate how creating warmer, healthier homes can encourage economic growth and the strong case for home energy efficiency to be regarded as a key national infrastructure priority. We also agree with the report’s conclusion that there are limits to relying on energy consumer funded initiatives delivered exclusively by energy suppliers. However, it is critical that their programmes are focused on low-income households that need the most support to reduce their energy costs. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) for example must be targeted at fuel poverty reduction and there must be no rolling back on the UK Government’s existing commitments to ensure this occurs from 2018.
- To read the Committee report: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/energy-and-climate-change-committee/
- National Energy Action (NEA) is a leading fuel poverty charity campaigning for affordable warmth in the homes of vulnerable people and to address exclusion in the energy market. For further details visit http://www.nea.org.uk.
- The Fuel Poverty (England) Regulations 2014 are now law. The objective is to ensure that as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable have a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C by 31 December 2030. This goal is supported by non-binding interim targets and the Fuel Poverty Strategy which was published in March 2015.
- Current resources are less than half of what is required to meet these targets and according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s own statistics currently only c. 23,000 low income households are currently being brought up to EPC Band C per year. As a result, NEA is working with the UK Government to ensure the next supplier obligation marks an ambitious commitment to reduce fuel poverty across GB and to secure additional capital infrastructure funds to deliver energy efficiency improvement through other local partners such as local authorities.