UK insulation scheme would take 300 years to meet government targets, say critics
(The Guardian, 9 Apr 2023) Exclusive: National Energy Action says progress on energy efficiency is too slow and not well targeted at fuel-poor households.
The government’s home insulation scheme would take 190 years to upgrade the energy efficiency of the UK’s draughty housing stock, and 300 years to meet the government’s own targets to reduce fuel poverty, according to industry calculations.
Critics of the Great British Insulation Scheme, which aims to insulate 300,000 homes a year over the next three years, have raised concerns that the plan does not go far enough to reach the 19m UK homes that need better insulation.
The Labour party added that it would fail to address the government’s “disastrous record on heating our homes”: the rate of energy efficiency upgrades is 20 times lower than under the last Labour government.
The UK Business Council for Sustainable Development has calculated that the pace of the new scheme, announced as part of a wide-ranging energy security strategy last week, would take almost 200 years to reach the homes in need of upgrades.
The Guardian, 9 Apr 2023: UK insulation scheme would take 300 years to meet government targets, say critics