UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts

(The Guardian, 18 Jul 2019) Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report shows.

Efforts to end fuel poverty and energy waste by making the UK’s draughty homes more efficient have collapsed by almost 85%, according to new government data.

The report, published on Thursday, shows that the number of energy efficiency upgrades undertaken each month has fallen to 10,000 on average for the six months to the end of May. This compares with an average of 65,000 a month in 2014.

The latest figures show that in May about 10,000 properties benefited from energy efficiency measures, such as loft insulation or boiler upgrades, down sharply from about 30,000 in the same month in 2015 and 2016.

At this rate it would take 96 years for the government to reach its own targets to reduce fuel poverty, according to the charity National Energy Action.

Peter Smith, a director at the fuel-poverty campaign group, said the progress was “a fraction” of what was required to ensure 1.2m homes are renovated each year until 2035 .

“This is exceptionally disappointing,” he said. “Based on this dire progress, it would take over 96 years to help all the fuel-poor households who currently live in homes with solid walls.”

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The Guardian, 18 Jul 2019: UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts