SEARCH

Cold homes need more than warm words, says Knauf Insulation

As each party broadcasts their manifesto in the run up to the General Election, Knauf Insulation has released its own comments on the announcements.

The company says that energy efficiency has a fundamental role to play in helping the UK economy to grow. In tackling cold homes, millions can save money on their energy bills, vulnerable people will be less exposed to cold related illnesses saving the NHS money at a time of national need and the UK as a whole will use less gas from abroad, increasing our energy security. Every £1 spent achieving these outcomes could grow the national economy by £3.20.

Manifestoes released this week recognise these benefits, but policy stability has to go further than statements of ambition, according to Knauf.

John Sinfield, managing director of Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, said: “Using less energy is an easy win for the UK economy, but the next six months may make or break this opportunity. We look forward to working with the next government to deliver growth and a clear programme for warm homes that can make this happen.”

On this basis Knauf Insulation strongly welcomes the clear emphasis placed upon a new, ambitious, whole house approach to tackling the cold homes crisis set out by the Liberal Democrats in their comprehensive manifesto.

The company says it also welcomes ongoing commitments by both the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party to ensure that energy efficiency is a national infrastructure priority if either party forms a part of the next Government. Although it must be noted, Knauf says, at the manifesto stage only the Liberal Democrats indicate they would use infrastructure capital spending to part-fund a large scale renovation programme.

Knauf goes on to say that the Conservative manifesto notes the needs faced by millions of families, but offers a very low level of ambition – pledging insulation support for only one million homes over the next five years. This is an 80% drop in the number of homes helped compared to the 2010 to 2015 period - figures that include measures delivered in current underperforming schemes ECO and Green Deal.

The company concludes that while the challenges of setting out the ambition for the next parliament term begin in May, a more immediate problem must also be addressed. The current Energy Company Obligation term, due to end in 2017 will almost certainly be complete much earlier. Without clear action early in the next parliament vulnerable people will not continue to receive help throughout 2016.

Knauf Insulation www.knaufinsulation.com 

 

20 April 2015

Comments

Already Registered?
Login
Not Yet Registered?
Register

Global radiator market slows, but opportunities for UFH

The global radiator market slowed down in 2018. Figures from BSRIA’s recently published heating study indicate that sale volumes have dipped by 5% in volume terms over the course of 2018. This decrease was mostly driven by a slowing in Asian ...

  11-Sep-2019

Specflue features at permanent center for Inspiration and Innovation

Specflue has announced completion of a brand-new installation within the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon....

  12-Sep-2019

EFB Condensing Boilers

New Lochinvar boiler range offers ultra low NOx emissions
  09-Sep-2019
Heating & Ventilating Review is the number one magazine in the HVAR industry. Don’t miss out, subscribe today!
Subcribe to HVR

Diary