The Labour Party has pledged to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority with a string of improvements to the nation’s homes, under its new energy efficiency green paper.
The green paper, which expands on Labour announcements from its party conference in September, sets out measures including:
- A programme of free energy efficiency upgrades for 200,000 homes a year in or at risk of fuel poverty
- A target for homes in the private rented sector to achieve a minimum energy performance certificate of C by 2027
- Home energy reports for half a million homes a year
- Interest free loans for energy efficiency improvements for up to a million homes in the next parliament
- Streamlining of regulations and a strategy to facilitate investment in energy efficiency improvements for the non-domestic building sector.
Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said of the policy plans set out in the paper, An end to cold homes: One nation Labour’s plans for energy efficiency: “Under Labour’s plans, energy efficiency would no longer be the Cinderella of energy policy. Labour has said very clearly that energy efficiency is the key to driving down bills, improving energy security and tackling carbon emissions. This is a well-intentioned plan that recognises the importance of a long-term, multi-parliament approach, designed to give industry the confidence it needs to invest.”
He added: “Designating energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority is hugely welcome. That needs to be backed up with capital investment from government and fiscal incentives to truly embed energy efficiency in the housing market.”