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Call for Evidence

Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes

The Committee is inviting written submissions on:

  • Are the Government’s targets on residential energy efficiency still appropriate to achieve its ambition to reach net zero emissions by 2050?
    • What are the potential risks and opportunities of bringing forward the Government’s energy efficiency target?
    • Should Government targets for energy efficiency be legislated for, and if so, what difference would this make?
  • How effective is the EPC rating at measuring energy efficiency? Are there any alternative methodologies that could be used? What are the challenges for rural areas?
  • How will lack of progress on residential energy efficiency impact the decarbonisation of heat and the associated costs of this?
  • How can the Government frame a Covid-19 stimulus strategy around improved energy efficiency of homes?
  • Is the £5 million Green Home Finance Innovation Fund enough to stimulate the market for and drive action from the banks to encourage owner occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes?
    • What policy and/or regulation could supplement it?
    • Which models in other countries have been successful at stimulating demand for energy efficiency within this market?
  • What additional policy interventions are needed for social housing, leaseholders, landlords and tenants?
  • How should the proposed Home Upgrade Grant Scheme be delivered to help the fuel poor? Should the new grant scheme supplement ECO in its current form, or should ECO be redesigned?
  • Are there examples of where energy efficiency policy has fallen between Government Departments? How could cross-departmental coordination be improved?

Written evidence should be submitted by clicking the button below by 13 July. Respondents need not answer all the questions and evidence need not be limited to these questions. Submissions should be not more than 3,000 words but shorter submissions are welcomed and encouraged.

We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence. We aim to have diverse panels of Select Committee witnesses and ask organisations to bear this in mind when we ask them to choose a representative. We are currently monitoring the diversity of our witnesses.

It is recommended that all submitters familiarise themselves with the Guidance on giving evidence to a Select Committee of the House of Commons which outlines word count, format, document size, and content restrictions.

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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