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PRESS RELEASE – Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill to be introduced in both Houses of Parliament

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) is calling for MPs, Lords and the Government to support the above-named Bill which will be vital for the achievement of net zero, to spur greater investment by industry and lower fuel bills for people.

A Bill that will assist the Government in achieving its energy efficiency commitments set out in the Energy White Paper and subsequent policy statements will be introduced in both Houses of Parliament this week – the first time this has happened.

In its policy statements the Government has stated:

  • Homes should be EPC band C by 2035 where practicable, cost effective and affordable
  • All Private Rented Sector (PRS) homes should be EPC band C by 2028
  • Mortgage lenders should ensure an EPC band C average for their portfolios by 2030
  • The Secretary of State to take reasonable steps to assist owner occupiers to achieve EPC band C
  • Non-domestic commercial lettings are to achieve EPC band B by 2030

This Bill will help the Government achieve those objectives. The SEA has had constructive discussions with officials within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is hopeful of Government support.

Leading in the House of Lords, Lord Foster said:

 “I have been campaigning on this Bill for over two years: it puts in place Government policy, so I call upon Ministers to support it and give time for it to receive a 2nd Reading in the House of Lords. This is essential for the achievement of net zero targets.”

Leading in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess said:

“This Bill will help my constituents to have lower fuel bills and it will help the Government to achieve its net zero targets. I hope Ministers will support it.”

Jade Lewis, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association said:

“We are incredibly hopeful that the Minimum Energy Performance Bill will receive the support it rightfully deserves so that it can deliver a lasting impact on the energy efficiency of homes up and down the country whilst addressing key public interest concerns such as unemployment, fuel poverty and climate change.

“The SEA is proud to have campaigned for this policy certainty over the past few years and I believe that we are closer than ever to the breakthrough we have been working towards.”

 

–ENDS—

 

Media Enquiries:

Email: christina.thompsonyates@sustainableenergyassociation.com

Phone: +44 (0)7394 560 984

Lord Foster 07770 925275

Notes to Editors

  1. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) measure the efficiency of a home, rated from A – G, and yet two thirds of UK homes fall below the average Band C. The Government made an important commitment to upgrade all homes to EPC band C by 2035 in its Clean Growth Strategy, starting with fuel poor homes by 2030. Other important policies and commitments were announced in the Energy White Paper and other recent documents.
  2. The Bill was introduced by Sir David Amess MP before the election in the House of Commons and after the election into the House of Lords by Lord Foster. The Bill had its second reading in February but was unfortunately not progressed at that time.
  3. The Sustainable Energy Association is a member-based industry body offering innovative policy solutions that connect building-level technologies and the wider energy system to achieve a low carbon, secure energy future for the UK, benefits for UK consumers, and commercial growth for businesses working in the sector.
  4. See more information at: https://www.sustainableenergyassociation.com/campaigns/
Monday, July 19th, 2021