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Urgent action on energy efficiency standards is required to hit greenhouse gas emissions targets, BEIS report suggests


Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is crucial if the UK is to meet its climate change targets, eradicate fuel poverty, and reduce domestic energy bills, the latest report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has argued.

After carrying out an inquiry into the issue, MPs on the Committee discovered that the rate of efficiency measures – such as insulation and low energy lighting – installed in UK homes under government schemes has plummeted by 95 per cent since 2012.

At the same time, builders are currently able to exploit loopholes allowing them to construct new homes to outdated standards and sell homes that do not meet advertised energy standards, the report claims.

MPs on the Committee said energy efficiency should be treated as a national infrastructure priority. They argued that as such the government should deliver far more robust building regulations and fill the “substantial” gap in funding needed to bring existing homes up to scratch.

“Improving energy efficiency is by far the cheapest way of cutting our emissions and must be a key plank of any credible strategy to deliver net zero by 2050,” said Labour MP Rachel Reeves, who chairs the BEIS Committee. “If the government lacks the political will to deliver energy efficiency improvements, how can we expect it to get on with the costlier actions needed to tackle climate change? More energy efficient buildings are not only crucial for tackling climate change but are vital for lowering customers’ energy bills and lifting people out of fuel poverty.”

The report additionally recommends the government “drastically” increases the £5m it has put towards the new Green Finance Innovation Fund, which was set up last month to encourage the private sector to develop financial products that encourage households to install efficiency measures. And it calls on Ministers to urgently set out how they intend to meet the government target for all homes to be at EPC efficiency rating C or above by 2035.

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