17 November 2020
Our response to Select Committee inquiry into decarbonisation
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee has launched an inquiry into decarbonising heat in homes.
We welcomed the opportunity to respond to the inquiry, and submitted a written response to the inquiry, after consulting with our members across England.
The social housing sector has a good track record in delivering thermally efficient homes. As our submission to the Treasury’s forthcoming Spending Review makes clear, a retrofit revolution led by the social housing sector would not only cut carbon emissions and help fight climate change but would also create jobs, support local economies, cut fuel bills and help tackle fuel poverty. This could also pave the way for a nationwide rollout of an ambitious retrofit programme across all housing tenures.
There are, however, significant challenges to overcome if we are to retrofit at scale and pace and decarbonise our heating and our homes by 2050. Our response explores some of these challenges in detail, including: