Data analysis finds two thirds of UK homes failing on energy efficiency

Analysis carried out by the BBC’s Shared Data Unit has found two thirds of UK homes are failing to meet long-term energy efficiency targets.

Published on 2 March, the BBC set out how over 12mn homes were below the C grade on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). Over six in 10 (62%) in England were rated D to G on EPCs, with the percentage higher for homes in Northern Ireland (67%) and Wales (67%), though lower in Scotland (59%). The research saw analysis of the EPC grades awarded to over 19.6mn homes across the UK since their introduction in 2007.

It also noted that local authorities across England and Wales with the highest average CO2 emissions per household were all rural areas. In Scotland, the biggest domestic producers of CO2, similarly, were the islands and highlands.

Stating there was “definitely a rural/urban split” especially in areas not connected to the gas grid, Peter Smith from National Energy Action explained: “They tend to live in the least energy efficient housing, which tends to be older and uses fuels like LPG or sold fuels. At a high level there needs to be a push to improve all homes, but to do this it needs to have the same infrastructure priority as HS2 or building a third runway [at Heathrow].”