Comment on new Green Homes Grant data

Support for measures to curb energy waste highlight need for effective policy

By George Smeeton

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Commenting on new government figures showing 123,500 applications for the Green Homes Grant in the first six months of the scheme [1], Jess Ralston, Analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: “Continued high public interest for plugging leaky homes will pile more pressure on government to bring in a replacement and avoid breaking its promises to make our homes greener. Despite making the Green Homes Grant unnecessarily difficult to access and imposing unmanageable deadlines, there remains immense backing for measures to curb energy waste from Britain’s homes.

“Low conversion of applications to vouchers issued will also cause concern, especially amid near-constant reports of how the scheme is being mishandled. As the government weighs up options for next steps, it would be wise to learn from mistakes made in the Green Homes Grant and deliver a package to make a real dent in emissions from our homes.

“Without meaningful plans and policies to decarbonise the nation’s homes, the government will continue struggling to build back credibility on net zero. Emissions from homes have not fallen for several years and will not do so without actions that make it easier for families to cut carbon and stop wasting energy.”

    Total vouchers (to end Feb):

    Voucher applications

    Vouchers issued

    Measures installed