The UK Government could be poised to scrap commitments for a programme of energy efficiency and sidelining programmes being proposed to boost energy efficiency of buildings. In the process innovative recent proposals for energy efficiency will be sidelined and instead the gas lobby will be given full reign. A range of Government departments and agencies are being sidelined by a sinister ‘deep state’. In a report in the Financial Times the Government, advised by Dominic Cummings, is said to be sidelining the 9.2 billion Conservative manifesto commitment for ‘ energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals’ (page 19) because it is ‘boring’. In the process vital measures to achieving the UK’s net zero target is being thwarted. For example, a new report urges ‘minimum energy performance standards’ to be set for existing buildings. The Welsh Government has given the green light for a £1.3 billion scheme to install insulation, heat pumps, batteries and solar panels in new and old buildings. Why cannot these things be done together? The measures can be targeted for the poorest areas and jobs boosted in the process. Energy bills for the pooorest communities can be slashed.
100% Renewables 29th June 2020 read more »
It is reported in the Financial Times by Jim Pickard that Dominic Cummings, a favourite of the Trumpian populists, has blocked implementation of Conservative manifesto promises to spend £9.2 billion on ‘energy efficiency of homes, schools and hosptials’. He is reported to have said that energy efficiency is boring, and he wants to spend the money on new houses. Apparently the Treasury and BEIS want to spend on energy efficiency to fulfill the manifesto commitment, but, it would seem, Cummings’ view of the will of the people is not to be denied. Of course the Steve Bannons of the world claim that it is the career civil servants, closet liberals and socialists, who are the deep state. But how can this be if it is the democratic wish of the nation as expressed through a manifesto which the self styled populists are trying to thwart? The Brexiteers have been keen on announcing that they are defending the will of the EU Referendum Result, but it seems now that it is just that the populists know best even when their views are different from what people voted for in a General Election. This attitude used to be called elitism!
Dave Toke’s Blog 29th June 2020 read more »
The Government is under pressure to deliver on its manifesto commitment to invest billions of pounds in insulating homes as part of a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The Conservatives promised £9.2 billion to improve the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals as part of their election bid last year. Government advisers the Committee on Climate Change are among those calling for major investment in making homes more energy efficient to boost jobs, cut fuel bills and tackle greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. But a report in the Financial Times suggests Downing Street chief adviser Dominic Cummings is holding up the investment.
Energy Voice 29th June 2020 read more »
Almost £80m of funding to support a range innovative energy efficiency projects has been announced by the government today, as it faces growing pressure to ramp up investment in renovating buildings to support a green recovery from the looming recession. The new investment covers a wide range of programmes, with £30m going towards the first phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) aimed at energy intensive manufacturers such as car factories and steel plants; a further £25m earmarked for heat networks, including one project in Gateshead to harness geothermal water sitting in disused mine shafts to heat 1,250 homes; and the remaining £24m focused on new approaches for installing insulation for social housing at scale, rolling out heat pumps, and supporting the development of innovative green home finance products. The moves come amidst an escalating row over the government’s plans to deliver a multi-billion pound building upgrade programme, designed to put the country on track to meet its net zero emissions goals. A report in the Financial Times today indicates plans to fast track a £9.2bn upgrade programme that had been promised in the Conservative Manifesto last year are at risk of being watered down, with the Prime Minister’s controversial advisor Dominic Cummings said to favour shifting the funding towards housebuilding rather than green renovation programmes.
Business Green 29th June 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson is facing fresh pressure to bolster his Government’s plans for making homes more energy efficient amid concerns the Government’s manifesto pledge to invest heavily in green homes has stalled. A coalition of 15 organisations have written to the Prime Minister calling for a mass rollout of insulation and green heating technologies in all UK homes. The UK’s housing stock – the draughtiest housing stock in Western Europe – is responsible for about 20 per cent of UK emissions. Signatories to the letter, which include the National Housing Federation, Citizens Advice, the Centre for Ageing Better and Greenpeace UK, say radical action is needed to change course.
iNews 29th June 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson is being urged to fulfil his 2019 election manifesto pledge to invest £9.2bn in a massive insulation programme to make homes, schools and hospitals more energy efficient. Few details have yet emerged about the policy, but a major national effort to address buildings’ inefficiencies is regarded as a major means of reducing emissions and enabling the UK to hit net zero by 2050. The House of Commons’ environmental audit committee has now announced an inquiry into home insulation, and it has emerged that Downing Street chief adviser Dominic Cummings reportedly sought to water-down the pledge, and instead focus on building more houses.
Independent 30th June 2020 read more »