Without prioritising “radical changes in housing policy, energy policy and climate policy”, the UK will miss its 2050 net zero climate target, Policy Connect has warned.
In its MP-backed report, launched by Climate Change Minister, Lord Duncan, the think tank called for a Green Heat Roadmap to be in place by 2020. This would aim to scale low carbon heating technologies and ensure homeowners have access to the necessary advice to allow them to make “smarter green choices” when it comes to heating their homes.
It recommended a Central Delivery Authority is created to coordinate and manage a transition to low carbon heat while enabling regional leadership and offering a central point for expertise. It cited the Olympic Delivery Authority that helped to bring the Olympics to London in 2012 as an example of how it could work. Other key recommendations included taking steps to ensure low carbon heat becomes more attractive and viable to households, strategic governance and financial structures to be put in place to drive long-term action, and for BEIS to make sure that consumer protections deliver for all – especially low-income homes.
The report’s co-Chair, Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, Alan Whitehead, said it was a “welcome wake up call for politicians, utilities, customers, planners and house-builders that we all need to work together on long-term policy framework that puts households first, cuts emissions, cuts bills and keeps British homes warm.”