Energy UK calls for government drive on energy efficiency

Industry body Energy UK wants the British government to consider an official national infrastructure programme to champion energy efficiency.

The body has issued a report calling for homes to be made more energy efficient as a “national priority” paid for through taxes.
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Currently, improvements to the energy efficiency of homes are paid for through a levy on consumer bills, but the report called for any subsidies for a national programme to be funded from general taxation to avoid unfairly hitting those in fuel poverty.

Improving the efficiency of homes will cut consumer costs as they will use less energy, with a report by the Government’s Committee on Climate Change revealing bills were down over the past eight years because of more efficient appliances.

A national infrastructure efficiency programme, for which fuel poverty campaigners have long argued, will help build a strong supply chain and encourage competition, the report argued.

A range of measures could be used, according to the report’s authors, includingà‚ hydrogen or low-carbon gases to replace natural gas, district heating systems, heatà‚ pumps and hybrid technologies.

Pilot schemes and research are needed to assess the pros and cons of the various technologies and the impact on the grid of turning to electricity to provide heat should be analysed.

Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK, said:à‚ “”To tackle climate change, we need to have an honest debate about benefits and costs. All sectors including heat and transport need to work together and play their part in the same way the energy industry has done for decades.”

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