Make Energy Efficiency UK Election Priority

IN a letter in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph 80 CEOs from some of the UK’s biggest companies and organisations called for politicians to make energy efficiency big in the forthcoming election.

Top professionals from IKEA, B&Q, Federation of Master Builders and Friends of the Earth were many others called for “a bold new approach” on energy efficiency from the political parties looking to take over governance of the UK in the elections in May.

The inspiration and driving force behind the letter came from campaign group Energy Bill Revolution, which argues that improving energy efficiency and making it central policy on the country’s energy infrastructure would deliver economic and health benefits and help the UK meet its climate change targets.

The letter reads:

SIR – As members and supporters of the Energy Bill Revolution alliance, we are calling upon party leaders to make a commitment in their election manifestos to use infrastructure funds to invest in a more ambitious and effective energy efficiency programme.

High energy bills are causing suffering for millions of families across Britain, especially those on low incomes. Britain has some of the least energy efficient homes in Europe.

It is time for a bold new approach. The next government should make home energy efficiency a priority in order to slash energy bills, provide a lasting solution to fuel poverty, bring down carbon emissions, reduce winter deaths and NHS costs and add £13.9 billion to the UK economy annually by 2030.

No other infrastructure investment can achieve such a powerful combination of economic, social and environmental benefits.

Picture: Ratcliffe Power Plant, UK, by Alan Zomerfeld, reproduced under CCL.

Monday 2nd February 2015

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