August 8, 2022

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BEIS raises alarm bells over UK’s ‘dire’ climate progress report

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BEIS has raised alarm bells over a key report on Government’s progress to net zero, deeming it “dire”, and “catastrophic for the country and the planet” if not acted on.

The independent Climate Change Committee (CCC)’s latest report revealed that Downing Street’s current strategy will not reach net zero carbon emissions over the coming three decades.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Chair Darren Jones said the report is “scathing” about delivery of commitments.

He suggested the report is a “warning against complacency”.

In particular, he highlighted its data on the lack of insulation across the UK’s housing stock, as well as an absence of coherent strategies to decarbonise people’s homes.

The report revealed a “shocking gap in policy” for better insulated homes, citing previous promises of significant public spending and a commitment to new policies last year – but neither of which happening.

The report said: “Given soaring energy bills, there is a shocking gap in policy for better insulated homes. Government promised significant public spending in 2019 and committed to new policies last year, neither has yet occurred. The UK continues to have some of the leakiest homes in Europe and installations of insulation remain at rock bottom.”

It noted the average annual energy bill for UK households is around £40 higher than if insulation rates from pre-2012 had continued for the last decade.

Jones explained that his own committee questioned the lack of insulation in British homes, as well as an absence of coherent strategies to decarbonise heat in homes.

He said: “A failed scheme to incentivise insulation is yet to be replaced and despite seeking an update we heard no assurances from the Business Secretary in our session on Tuesday that any new scheme would be announced soon and properly funded.”

Meanwhile, the CCC reported some progress in cutting UK emissions in the previous decades, which are now almost half (47 per…

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