Energy Performance of Buildings Bill to assist net zero targets

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Energy Performance of Buildings Bill

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) is calling for MPs, Lords and the Government to support the Bill which will be vital for the achievement of net-zero

An Energy Performance of Buildings Bill that will assist the government in achieving its energy efficiency commitments set out in the Energy White Paper and subsequent policy statements will be introduced in both Houses of Parliament.

In its policy statements the government has stated:

  • Homes should be EPC band C by 2035 where practicable, cost-effective and affordable
  • All Private Rented Sector (PRS) homes should be EPC band C by 2028
  • Mortgage lenders should ensure an EPC band C average for their portfolios by 2030
  • The Secretary of State to take reasonable steps to assist owner occupiers to achieve EPC band C
  • Non-domestic commercial lettings are to achieve EPC band B by 2030

This Bill will help the Government achieve those objectives.

The SEA has had constructive discussions with officials within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is hopeful of Government support.

Essential for the achievement of net-zero targets

Jade Lewis, chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Association, said: “We are incredibly hopeful that the Minimum Energy Performance Bill will receive the support it rightfully deserves so that it can deliver a lasting impact on the energy efficiency of homes up and down the country whilst addressing key public interest concerns such as unemployment, fuel poverty and climate change.

“The SEA is proud to have campaigned for this policy certainty over the past few years and I believe that we are closer than ever to the breakthrough we have been working towards.”

Leading in the House of Lords, Lord Foster, said: “I have been campaigning on this Bill for over two years: it puts in place Government policy, so I call upon ministers to support it and give time for it to receive a 2nd Reading in the House of Lords.”

Leading in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess, added: “This Bill will help my constituents to have lower fuel bills and it will help the government to achieve its net zero targets. I hope ministers will support it.”

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