However, while the announcements of an energy demand reduction target, additional investment after 2025, and an energy efficiency taskforce were welcome, the action proposed by the government did not match the rhetoric and does not come soon enough.
Households are struggling with a cost of living crisis and retrofitting and good ventilation is crucial to cutting high energy bills, addressing rising fuel poverty, and getting rid of damp and mould in the UK’s cold, draughty homes.
This briefing highlights the gap in investment that the government needs to fill, and the steps that its proposed taskforce needs to take, if energy efficiency is to play its part in reducing energy demand and lowering energy bills, improving energy security, and reducing emissions to meet our net zero targets.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.