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Better insulation policy needed to meet zero carbon targets

The Government’s failure to consistently support the insulation industry could undermine efforts to cut carbon emissions - according to a report by the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes (EEPH).

EEPH’s insulation strategy group argues Government departments should establish a partnership with the industry to develop a “road map” to make sure as many properties as possible are insulated appropriately in the next decade – including hard to treat existing homes.

The group’s latest report said: “Without such a partnership there is a real risk that targets for a reduction in emissions will not be achieved.

“Government targets for the reduction of emissions from the UK’s housing stock cannot be achieved without the insulation of the UK housing stock.”

Government figures show loft and cavity wall insulation is one of the most successful ways of cutting energy usage. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimates insulation will be responsible for 75 per cent of energy savings under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.

But, the strategy group – which includes specialist insulation companies alongside the National Insulation Association and other trade organisations - argues the Government funding schemes have led to sharp changes in demand.

The report said the transition between the Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC) to the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) saw a “significant fall” in take up of insulation in 2007.

It said: “The industry is now having to 'catch up' and more than double activity. In addition whilst the Government has made a commitment to a Supplier Obligation of at least the current level until 2020, there are as yet no clear signals from Government on the structure of the schemes likely to be in place after the end of CERT in 2011.

“This information is important to the industry as it is essential that the industry has clear targets to aid planning.

“The industry requires clear signals on the post 2011 landscape and without such signals there is a risk that the products, skills and resources will not be maintained even in the short term to meet CERT targets for the installation of cavity wall and loft insulation measures which are by far the most effective measures for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.”