01 Apr 15 | Author Leighann Morris |
The UK Green Building Council has responded to a report from consumer group Which? on how to improve the uptake of energy efficiency measures in UK homes.
The report, A Local Approach to Energy Efficiency, sets out two key recommendations: to make better use of existing Government funds by focusing on a local approach for energy efficiency delivery, and for Government to create a new cross-departmental energy efficiency strategy with a 10-year framework.
Richard Twinn, Policy and Public Affairs Officer at the UK Green Building Council, said:
“Which? is right to suggest we need a local approach to improve home energy efficiency, as the Green Deal Communities programme – with its street-by-street vision – has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise gloomy outlook for the Coalition’s flagship scheme. Fundamental changes to current policies such as such as a reduced interest rate for the Green Deal and refocusing ECO on tackling fuel poverty would also give a much needed boost to home retrofit. The real game changer however would be for Government to back energy efficiency with infrastructure funds to create a programme that would not only transform the UK’s cold and draughty homes, but create jobs and make additional money for Treasury.”