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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Zero carbon homes and the UK's retrofit challenge

IPPR is delighted to host a webinar to mark the launch of a report on rerofitting homes. This will take place on Wednesay 20th October at 10.30-12.00 (BST) Online via Zoom. Join IPPR and partners Santander at this webinar to launch a report on zero carbon homes and the UK’s retrofit challenge.

Decarbonising the UK’s homes could eliminate fuel poverty, save the NHS billions of pounds, and create over 300,000 jobs in the economy by 2030. Currently however, the UK is only installing 6 per of the heat pumps needed by 2028, less than 3 per cent of loft insulation and less than 2 per cent of solid wall insulation. Upfront costs of insulation and low-carbon heating together are unaffordable for most homes – the idea of an ‘able-to-pay’ market is overstated – but particularly for fuel poor homes that stand to benefit the most from energy bill savings.

Building on IPPR’s existing work on retrofitting and in response to the government’s upcoming Heat and Building Strategy, in this new report, IPPR is calling on government to introduce an ambitious, long-term, retrofit programme, the ‘GreenGo’ scheme. Key features would include:

  • Grants up to £7,500 for insulation and heat pumps and full grants for fuel poor homes;
  • A national information campaign including a properly resourced energy advice service in England;
  • Skills funding of £100 million per year through to 2030 to upskill and expand the installer workforce;
  • Regulations for increasing the energy efficiency ratings of properties, combining the installation of insulation and heat pumps together, and phasing out gas boilers.

Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Zoe Guijarro, Policy Manager, Future Energy Services, Citizens Advice and Aneaka Kellay, Engagement Lead in the Retrofit Team at the Carbon Co-op will respond to the challenges and recommendations outlined in the report.

Please register using the form below. Joining instructions will be shared with you following registration.