Press Release: Ashden response to Grant Shapps' announcement on extra funding for energy efficiency.

Ashden comment: UK Government £1bn energy efficiency announcement won’t be enough and misses winter


Posted By:

Simon Brammer

Head of Cities

Member of Parlaiment Grant Shapps wearing a suit and walking while holding a maroon folder

Simon Brammer, Head of Cities at Ashden said:

“Ashden welcomes Grant Shapps’ announcement of an extra £1bn for energy efficiency- however this covers just a few hundred thousand homes over the next three years, compared to 19 millions homes that must be insulated by 2035 to hit the government’s own net zero targets.

Most importantly, and quite incredibly, the funding doesn’t come into effect until April next year at the end of winter, so what are the government doing to protect vulnerable people right now during the cold months before April?

To reach the target of 19m homes insulated, the government must also urgently tackle the retrofit skills crisis, working with local councils and FE colleges to train people across the country. We need a 10-year plan with committed funding.”

Ashden recently published the Retrofit: Creating Warmer Homes policy briefing, which shares examples from around the UK of local authorities which have already taken proactive action on energy efficiency which I can put you in touch with.

A man wearing work gloves holds a flashlight and works on insulation in an attic space.
B4Box – a retrofit construction company in Stockport, Manchester which is skilling up a new generation of retrofitters to make homes more energy efficient.

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