The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has been leading a campaign for over two years to improve energy efficiency of domestic buildings by raising standards to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C in all homes by 2035 with an interim target of all fuel poor homes by 2030 in England. We are pleased to see that the Government has set out a phased approach to improving the housing stock in various documents, with an aspiration for ‘as many homes as possible to be EPC Band C by 2035 where practical, cost-effective and affordable.’
Head of Parliamentary Affairs Ron Bailey said “Whilst we welcome this aspiration, we believe that commitment within government to reach this goal is lacking, and current policy is failing to drive uptake for energy efficiency measures in homes. The introduction of this Bill will help to provide certainty to the industry; encouraging business and homeowners to invest in low carbon, energy efficiency and sustainable solutions. This commitment is necessary given that 64% of the Energy Performance Certificates currently registered in England and Wales rating below EPC band C.”
It is for this reason that we believe the EPC Band C target for all homes by 2035 should be enshrined in law and we are therefore promoting the Domestic Properties (Minimum Energy Performance) Bill.
The Bill is supported by Lord Foster of Bath who will introduce the Bill through the House of Lords today. The Campaign has gained wider support with over 100 signatories signing a letter to the former Energy Minister Claire Perry.
Lord Foster, in his speech will today emphasise the importance of the Bill. He said “If the Bill delivers on its aim and the government meets its targets, we will see reduced energy bills for consumers, lower carbon emissions from our currently leaky, inefficient housing stock and provide the spur to business investment. Without a strong commitment and clear end goal, these benefits may not be realised, and this is why I am introducing this simple Bill to ensure that we do our best to tackle climate change”.
Adoption of this Bill would demonstrate commitment to the 2035 target and provide the certainty needed to trigger vital investment and innovation in the sector. This Bill would improve public health through higher living standards and reduce energy costs for consumers through an improved level of energy efficiency in properties.
Lord Best, President of the Sustainable Energy Association, will also be making a short speech in support of the Bill today. He said “it is clear that we must do what we can to address our poorly performing houses. Decarbonising our housing stock is challenging particularly in rural properties and in the Private Rented Sector and so it is important that there is financial support available to enable the required improvements to be undertaken and also the skills to ensure that measures are installed to a high standard. This Bill provides flexibility and certainty at the same time, encouraging investment without mandating a specific route to achieving the end goal.”
Notes to editors:
- The Sustainable Energy Association is a member based industry body offering innovative policy solutions that link up 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.
- To support our campaign visit the SEA website: https://www.sustainableenergyassociation.com/campaigns/
- Balance sheets for fuel poor and non-fuel poor homes:  https://www.sustainableenergyassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Non-Fuel-Poor-England-Balance-Sheet_Jan2020_FINAL.pdf
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