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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) enforcement

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

As of April 2019, no measures have been taken by local authorities to enforce the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) in the first year of this new regulation. What work are you doing to help increase enforcement activity in every London borough?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy met with Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth in March 2020.

She raised concerns that the existing Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard was not working effectively. Issues raised included the existing contribution cap for landlord contributions being set too low to deliver meaningful energy efficiency measures. The need to extend MEES to be applied to other housing types than the private rented sector and the lack of resources for enforcement.

In addition, she stressed the urgency of ensuring that London receives a fair share of funding from national energy efficiency schemes.

The responsibility for monitoring and enforcing MEES lies with the boroughs, it does provide an opportunity to raise the standards of the least energy efficient homes in London. I would encourage all boroughs to use the powers they have, but it is another example of powers being devolved from government without recognition of the resources needed to use them.