The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has called on the Government to take quick action on retrofitting heating improvements and energy efficiency measures.
EIC policy director Danny Stevens spoke out as the Government prepared to release its consultation on the UK’s Heat and Energy Strategy.
Energy and Climate Change secretary Ed Miliband and communities secretary Hazel Blears are expected to unveil the proposals today (Thursday February 12).
Mr Stevens said: “If the Government is serious about tackling climate it must be far more ambitious and act far more urgently.”
He added: “EIC welcome the Heat and Energy Strategy’s focus on energy efficiency.
“Securing energy savings in homes is the most cost effective way of meeting the Government’s stated aim to reduce household carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050.
“Simply setting a target, however, is not enough – actually meeting it requires urgent action. Yet, all we have today is the launch of yet another consultation. This undermines the urgency of tackling climate change and ignores the huge economic benefits of ambitious environmental protection measures. “
EIC has called for an urgent £1.5 billion injection of additional investment in retrofitting energy efficiency measures in low-income family homes and claims this would create in the region of 145,000 jobs.
Mr Stevens said: “The potential is huge. For example, the EU Energy Efficiency Action Plan estimates that the full potential is a reduction of around 27 per cent of energy use. “Adopting policies that secure this level of energy reduction would also create many thousands of green collar jobs.”
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