The Government has admitted that it did not consult stakeholders before launching the now-defunct Green Homes Grant scheme, in a document that MPs have said is evidence that it is shirking responsibility on domestic energy efficiency. The document in question is the Government’s response to recent recommendations put forward by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), as part of its inquiry into the energy efficiency of existing homes. Published today (13 May), the response letter states that many of the concerns raised by the EAC, trade bodies and green groups will be addressed in the forthcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy. Separate Heat and Building Strategies had initially been due out in late 2020, but delays resulted from both the merger and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While the letter expresses agreement with several of the concerns raised by the EPC, including worries of an unjust transition, in which businesses, homes and other energy users do not fairly share the costs and benefits of the net-zero transition, there is little in the way of adopting the EAC’s specific recommendations. Instead, much space is allocated to touting the benefits of existing schemes such as ECO, the Warm Home Discount and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, and teasing the release of the Heat and Buildings Strategy.
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