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EAC announce inquiry into energy efficiency of existing homes

18 May 2020

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has opened an Inquiry into energy efficiency of existing homes.

The UK has around 29 million homes with considerable potential to improve their energy efficiency. Homes account for just under 30% of energy use and around 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. It is one of the few sectors where emissions reductions have stalled.

The Government has pledged £9.2bn in its manifesto to improve the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals. Decarbonising our existing homes presents an opportunity to build a domestic supply chain and skills base and deliver on the Government’s levelling up ambitions. Driving widespread improvements in energy efficiency is notoriously difficult. Yet energy efficiency investments could be particularly relevant to kick starting the economy in the aftermath of Covid-19 by making it a national infrastructure priority.

The ADE welcomes the launch of this inquiry and looks forward to working with members and engaging with the EAC through the call for evidence

As part of the inquiry, the Committee will follow up on the findings of the former BEIS Committee’s inquiry into energy efficiency, which concluded that major policy gaps still exist, and consider whether its recommendations have been implemented.

The Committee is inviting stakeholders to submit evidence until Monday 22 June 2020.

For more information, please contact Policy Officer, James Griffiths: james.girffiths@theade.co.uk.

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