Energy UK responds to BEIS Committee energy efficiency report
Responding to today's report on energy efficiency by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, Energy UK’s chief executive Lawrence Slade said:
"We have long called for energy efficiency to be a national infrastructure priority so we strongly support today’s report. With the net-zero target in place, there is an even greater imperative to get serious about making all our homes and businesses energy efficient and doing so would be a clear win win - significantly cutting both emissions and reducing consumers’ bills.
“However, as the Committee recognised, we know installations of energy efficiency measures are actually falling and currently the only source of funding for these in England is the Energy Company Obligation, which in itself is nowhere near enough and unsuitable for an expanded programme of measures. Therefore Government should follow the example of Scotland and Wales and provide centrally funded support for households most in need.
“We must also radically improve the efficiency standards of new homes and we would like to see Government take a much stronger line on building regulations and standards, including to make it a requirement in future that homes being sold or rented meet EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) Band C.”