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Calls for urgent re-think on carbon reduction policies

On the back of government plans to reduce ‘out of control’ green energy costs, OFTEC says it’s time to look at more pragmatic and affordable ways to reduce carbon emissions and heating bills.

Last week DECC announced there will be no further funding available for the Green Deal and Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) schemes, alongside sweeping cuts to subsidies for the renewable energy sector.

Qualifying the moves, energy secretary Amber Rudd said the government’s priority was to ‘keep bills as low as possible for hardworking families and businesses’ and to ‘reduce emissions in the most cost effective way’.

OFTEC says a complete re-think on carbon reduction and energy efficiency policies in the UK is needed and that consumers would be far more receptive to more affordable, easier to implement measures.

OFTEC director general Jeremy Hawksley commented: “Instead of encouraging people to completely change their heating systems which can be both costly and complicated, the government should be pushing more affordable, easier to implement measures such as a boiler scrappage scheme.

“The approach is working extremely well in Northern Ireland and with so many old oil boilers in need of an upgrade in Great Britain, a similar scheme could result in significant carbon savings as well as help reduce heating costs.”

Further carbon reduction measures proposed by OFTEC include more funding to improve insulation levels in UK homes, which are amongst the least energy efficient in Western Europe, and incentivising consumers to use bio-liquids such as B30K.

Mr Hawksley concludes: “With the Treasury planning to invest £100bn in infrastructure over the next five years, it’s time to look at the UK’s current housing stock and how the energy efficiency of these homes can be improved.

“With a new government it’s time for change and to look realistically at strategies which will actually deliver the carbon savings the UK urgently needs to reach its ambitious 2050 reduction targets.”

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