09 Feb 2009 05:02:00
7m homes to get green refit
Seven million homes could receive an energy efficiency refit in a bid to cut carbon emissions and reduce fuel bills, under plans to be announced later this week.
According to the government energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband and communities and local government secretary Hazel Blears will unveil the scheme later this week.
The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) report highlighted the importance of improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings and the scheme would seem to address this issue.
According to the CCC, the residential sector is responsible for about 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (MtCO2) a year - a quarter of all UK emissions.
It also estimates that emissions could be cut by up to 105 MtCO2, but that by 2020 a realistic figure is 28MtCO2.
The anticipated proposals form the government were welcomed by green groups, though there is concern over where funding will come from.
Ed Matthew, head of UK climate for Friends of the Earth, told the newspaper: "Twenty-seven percent of emissions in this country come from people's homes and if they don't cut emissions from homes radically we have got no hope of achieving our climate change targets."
He added: "My concern is they will not be investing enough money to take these homes to a high enough energy efficiency standard to insulate them from rising fuel prices."http://www.theccc.org.uk/sectors/buildings/