Billion-pound proposal to hit 2020 fuel poverty target

A new energy efficiency programme has been proposed by the Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) in a bid to ensure that the government’s 2020 fuel poverty milestone is achieved.

On Friday 28 June, the CFP noted how in its 2018 annual report it had identified the government’s first strategic fuel poverty Band E milestone in 2020 – part of the government’s work to ensure as many fuel poor households can achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C by 2030 – will only be met with significant additional investment. To this end, it has proposed a new £1.08bn Treasury-funded household energy efficiency programme Challenge Fund, running from April 2020 to April 2022.

The fund would be mostly aimed at assisting to upgrade the energy efficiency of privately-owned properties, while also aiming to achieve other objectives such as reducing the cost of energy efficiency programmes and identifying potential success programmes to the Energy Company Obligation beyond 2022.