Current policy and funding

The policy framework for decarbonising our homes is emerging rapidly, along with details of the funding available to support it. Here, we summarise the key pieces of policy currently guiding decarbonisation, which will be kept up to date as the environment evolves. 

Policy

The government's Net Zero Strategy

This strategy sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

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Policy paper overview: Net Zero Review Final Report
 

Analysis exploring the key issues as the UK decarbonises.

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Heat and buildings strategy

The Heat and buildings strategy sets out how the government plans to eliminate virtually all emissions arising from heating, cooling and energy use in our buildings.

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Spending Review 2021

A summary the key announcements made by the Chancellor, our member briefing, response, and our original submission. 

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Clean Growth Strategy (2017)

An outline of the government’s desire to see all rented homes reach EPC C by 2030 where practical, cost-effective and affordable. It details a range of other measures they would take to support the decarbonisation of housing.

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EPC Action Plan (2020)

Sets out a series of actions the government will take to improve the EPC regime in a number of areas including coverage, accuracy and alignment with decarbonisation. In June 2021, a BEIS-commissioned report regarding how to better align SAP with net zero was also published.

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The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution (2020)

Sets out the approach the government will take to build back better, support green jobs, and accelerate our path to net zero.

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Energy White Paper (2020)

Builds on the Ten Point Plan to outline the government’s approach to greening our energy system.

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Sustainable Warmth Strategy (2021)

Outlines how the government plans to address fuel poverty in England and align this objective with decarbonisation. The Strategy aims to ensure as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C, by 2030.

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Hydrogen Strategy (2021)

Outlines the government’s vision for scaling up the production and utilisation of hydrogen in the economy. It identifies a possible role for hydrogen in heating a small number of homes by 2050, and outlines how government will support some small-scale trial projects in the coming decade.

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Defining net zero for social housing

Published in July 2021, this paper discusses how to define ‘net zero’ for housing associations and outlines our role in the wider economy’s decarbonisation journey.

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The Sixth Carbon Budget - briefing

The UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget covers 2033-2037 and is the most comprehensive advice the Climate Change Committe has ever produced. It is a blueprint for a fully decarbonised UK.

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Where are housing associations on the path to net zero?

This report published in December 2020 outlines the findings from a survey with our housing association members.

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Climate Change Committee documentation

There are a variety of useful and important reports published by the Climate Change Committee which can inform our sector’s journey to zero carbon emissions.

Independent assessment of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy

This assessment of the government's Net Zero Strategy covers the strengths of the strategy and the issues that will need to be resolved quickly for it to be a success. 

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UK housing: Fit for the future?

Published just prior to the UK’s commitment to net zero by 2050, the Climate Change Committee published a detailed report on the state of UK housing and how it could be decarbonised.

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Net zero reports

In 2019, the Climate Change Committee published their advice to the government to support Parliament’s legislation of the 2050 net zero target.

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Sixth Carbon Budget

The most comprehensive advice the Climate Change Committee has produced yet. This is a blueprint for a fully decarbonised UK. It built on their net zero advice, recommends tough interim carbon reduction targets and outlines sector-specific decarbonisation trajectories, including this one for buildings. There work on buildings was supported by this accompanying report outlining housing’s likely and most efficient trajectory to zero emissions.

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2021 Progress Report to Parliament

The Climate Change Committee's latest Progress Report to Parliament details the impact of the pandemic on carbon emissions in the UK economy, and recommends a range of policy measures with buildings decarbonisation identified as a priority.

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Funding

Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund - £800m

Wave 2 over 2022/23 to 2024/25.

Start preparing now - sign up to the Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator.

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Funding from Energy Company Obligation - phase 4 (ECO4) 

ECO4 will run from 2022-2026 and social homes will be eligible for funding if they are EPC Bands E-G (some Band D will be eligible for 'innovation measures') and the residents qualify under the scheme.

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Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) - £2.5bn

Expected in 2022, this will support upgrades to the worst performing off-gas grid homes in England. £150m funding was granted for the first phase of HUG, and a further £950m funding is available over 2022/23 to 2024/25. We are awaiting details on eligibility of social housing.

Expected 2022-2025.

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Who to speak to

Will Jeffwitz, Head of Policy