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Energy Performance Bill introduced in Parliament

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) is calling for MPs, Lords and the Government to support a Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill which will be vital for the achievement of net zero, to spur greater investment by industry and lower fuel bills for people.

The 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 this week.

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

The SEA has had constructive discussions with officials within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is hopeful of 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 2nd 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 SEA 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.”

20 July 2021

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