To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of retrofitting homes to (a) meet sustainable housing standards and (b) cut energy use.
The Government sees improving the energy efficiency of homes as the best long-term solution to tackling fuel poverty. Improving the energy efficiency of a home means less energy is required to sufficiently heat the home and lower energy demand has the potential to reduce energy bills.
The Government has already committed to investing £9.2 billion in improving the energy efficiency of homes, schools, and hospitals. This work will help to the UK to reach the Government’s commitment of net zero emissions by 2050.
This figure includes £500 million for Phases 1 and 2 of the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) Scheme, which is making energy-efficiency upgrades to low-income homes. Additionally, the Energy Company Obligation has installed 3.3 million measures in 2.3 million homes since 2013.