Boris Johnson has been urged to fulfil his manifesto promise to spend £9bn on a huge household insulation programme as his chief adviser tries to shift the spending on to other priorities. The UK prime minister delighted green groups in November when he committed the Conservative party to “invest £9.2bn in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals”. But the policy has been snarled up in a Whitehall turf war after Downing Street chief adviser Dominic Cummings sought to water down the policy.
FT 29th June 2020 read more »
Energy Efficiency Key to Covid Recovery. Putting the need to reduce emissions together with the need to deliver economic growth, staying under 2 degrees Celsius means we need to achieve annual reductions in carbon intensity of 5.7% per unit of economic activity, or 10% to stay under 1.5 degrees of warming. To put this in perspective, over the past decade we have managed to average 2.4% improvements per year; since 2015, the year in which renewable energy achieved “grid parity”, we nudged that up to 2.8%; the best year in recent history saw only 3.6%. This has to change. We have to get carbon out of our economy somewhere between 3 and 7 percentage points per year faster than we have been doing so far. And there are only two ways to do it: on the supply side, taking carbon out of our energy system (clean energy); and on the demand side, taking energy out of our economy (energy productivity). In most discussions, the supply side grabs most attention, sucking all the air out of debate about demand-side efficiency. But the fact is, we will get nowhere near our climate targets without a step change in energy use, as well as production. Indeed, most models of climate-compatible energy pathways see around half of the heavy lifting being done by improved energy productivity.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance 26th June 2020 read more »
EDF, Dimplex and Kingspan are among the cohort of 100+ businesses, investors and trade bodies calling for the UK’s Covid-19 recovery package to contain legally-binding measures for addressing wasted energy and carbon emissions from housing. In a letter coordinated by the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) and sent to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, signatories call for progress on the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill to continue to time, despite the impacts which the pandemic has had on the policymaking process. The Bill will require all fuel-poor homes to reach energy performance (EPC) standard level C by 2030, with this requirement extending to all other homes by 2035. These commitments were notably included in the Conservative Party’s manifesto at the December 2019 general election.
Edie 26th June 2020 read more »