Comment on BEIS Committee report on decarbonising heat

The Government’s approach to decarbonising residential heating lacks clear direction, say MPs.

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on a new report on decarbonising residential heating from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, Dr Simon Cran-McGreehin, Head of Analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: "By highlighting the poor quality of the UK’s housing stock, the Committee’s report reinforces the urgent need for energy efficiency improvements to cut bills as part of levelling-up and the move to net zero.

"The Government clearly agrees, with a central plank of its new levelling-up strategy aiming to improve cold, damp, ‘non-decent’ homes in areas with the lowest incomes and highest energy bills.

"With gas set to push average household energy bills towards £2,000 per year, it’s worth remembering that according to government advisors two-thirds of British homes don’t need tens of thousands spent on them and can see bills insulated from this and future gas crises with £1,000 of investment from government schemes such as ECO."