The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) is calling on MPs, Lords and the government to support an energy performance bill which will be vital in achieving net zero to spur greater investment by industry and lower fuel bills for people.
The Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill that will assist the government in reaching its energy efficiency commitments set out in the energy white paper and subsequent policy statements will be introduced in both Houses of Parliament this week – the first time this has happened.
In its policy statements the government has stated:
- Homes should be in EPC band C by 2035 where practicable, cost-effective and affordable.
- All private rented sector (PRS) homes should be in EPC band C by 2028.
- Mortgage lenders should ensure an EPC band C average for their portfolios by 2030.
- The secretary of state should 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 discussions with officials within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is hopeful of gaining government support.
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 second reading in the House of Lords. This is essential for the achievement of net zero targets.”
Leading in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess said: “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.”
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."