UKGBC has today welcomed news that the Government has awarded £1.8 billion to upgrade social homes and public buildings, but urges long-term action is needed. 

This welcome investment in energy efficiency will deliver much-needed support for some of the poorest households in the coldest draughtiest homes and to public services struggling to pay bills. 

Significantly higher levels of government investment will be needed over the coming years to turn the tide on the country’s energy efficiency and climate challenge. The schemes will need to become much less complex to administer with sustained predictable funding in order for local authorities and others to plan the work and for industry to scale up and skill up. The economic prize is huge – worth £56 million to the UK economy and 500,000 skilled jobs over a decade.

The IPCC couldn’t be clearer that reducing energy waste is one of the biggest opportunities we have to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees.”

Louise Hutchins, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at UKGBC.