Autumn Statement: comment on energy efficiency and transport

Jess Ralston and Colin Walker are available for further comment and interview.

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By George Smeeton

Information on this page correct as of:

Commenting on energy efficiency measures in the Autumn Statement:

Jess Ralston, Senior Analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: “The bill payer is clearly a loser from this budget. The government isn’t delivering on its manifesto commitment on energy efficiency during a cost-of-living crisis when bills are set to rise for millions to £3,000 come April. For those struggling through this winter and the next, investment in insulation in 2025 is two years too late.” [1]

Commenting on vehicle excise duty being added to electric cars:

Colin Walker, Transport Lead at ECIU said: "This may well give sales a knock at a time when UK manufacturers are looking to ramp up EV production, but electric cars will still remain two to three times cheaper on average to run." [2]

Notes to editors:

  1. The Statement documents confirm the Government had already committed to £6.6bn spending on energy efficiency over this Parliament, from a manifesto promise of £9.2bn.
  1. According to new calculations made by ECIU, the addition of VED will add 3 pence per mile to the cost of driving a typical electric car.

For more information:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, email: t: +44 (0)7894 571 153 [currently in Egypt for COP27 – please use WhatsApp for urgent calls, or send a text message]