Today ACE and the Energy Bill Revolution publish a set of slides and a briefing which assess the impact of the Government’s current energy efficiency policies and compare them against past performance and what needs to happen to effectively tackle fuel poverty and meet the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change.
We find that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal represent a significant loss of momentum in the deployment of energy efficiency measures compared to previous energy efficiency programmes, especially when considering the large energy efficiency potential still available in the housing stock.
The recent cuts proposed to the ECO are exacerbating this loss of momentum, and the introduction of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is not enough to turn it around. This means that carbon targets recommended by the Committee on Climate Change will be missed and that fuel poverty will worsen.
We are calling for:
- All low income households to have their homes improved up to an Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2025;
- One million homes per year across the socio-economic spectrum to be upgraded with deep retrofits by 2020;
- Home energy efficiency to be made a national infrastructure priority – a call to which Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, is ‘extremely attracted’.