Comment on EAC report on energy efficiency of homes

Published:22 March 2021

Commenting on a new report published today (22 Mar) by the Environmental Audit Committee on the energy efficiency of homes, Jess Ralston, Analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: “Despite government talking a good game on net zero, it is clear this is failing to manifest into action to cut carbon from our homes. Rushed policies that are chopped and changed seemingly at random risk undermining public enthusiasm for fixing up our leaky homes, damage that could harm future schemes for years to come.

“The benefits of getting this right are crystal clear; hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs, lower bills, less carbon and more comfortable homes. The only barrier to climate-proofing our homes is government inaction, with every year of delay only making the problem worse.

“There is no way of getting to net zero without tackling emissions from homes. With a recent litany of policy decisions undermining the UK’s credibility on climate ahead of this years crucial COP26 summit, it would be a mistake to add another to the list.”

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