UK home insulation way off Paris Agreement climate targets – WWF

By Jonathan Dyble
A report from WWF, Getting the house in order...

A report from WWF, Getting the house in order – Priorities for homes in the Clean Growth Plan, has revealed that at current rates of improvement, home insulation is way off the pace in terms of being in line with climate targets set by the Paris Agreement.

Homes account for 20% of UK climate emissions. However, at current rates of insulation improvement, it will take over a century to reduce home emissions to zero, lagging significantly behind the targets of the Paris Agreement that requires all sectors to reduce their emissions to near-zero by 2050.

See Also:

In its report, the WWF has said that the UK government must triple the speed at which homes are insulate each year in order to solve this, as if action is not taken then total emissions from homes will actually rise by 2030.

The organisation has called for a dedicated section to tackle this in the government’s Clean Growth Plan, setting internal targets to improve energy efficiency by 2025 through tightening standards on emissions and providing incentives for insulation to home owners, amongst other methods.

WWF’s target is to have four mn homes properly insulated within this period, something that would have the same impact as taking 1.7mn cars off the road, with the potential to wipe £500,000 in energy bills.

Share

Featured Articles

UK Government awards £54mn in heat network funding

Funding will support the development of schemes in London, Bedfordshire and Woking that use low-carbon heat sources

Shell posts $11.5bn second quarter profit

Shell's earnings fuelled by ongoing price rises and geopolitical instability as the energy major places greater focus on natural gas investments

bp opens first electric truck fast-charging facilities

Operated by bp’s Aral brand, the retail site at Schwegenheim in Rheinland-Pfalz has two 300kw chargers intended for electric trucks

Shell commits to developing Jackdaw gas field in North Sea

Oil & Gas

Prospex Energy raises £1.87m for Selva gas field development

Oil & Gas

Shanghai Electric Group launches low carbon business

Utilities