Science Policy Research Unit research carried out by members of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) has helped to inform a recently published UK Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (ECCC) report on Home Energy Efficiency.
CIED originally responded to the ECCC call in 2015 for scrutiny priorities, listing Home Energy Efficiency as a key focus area.
The centre later responded to the official inquiry on the subject, and in December 2015 CIED Senior Research Fellow Jan Rosenow was called on to give evidence to the Committee. Jan’s oral evidence, and CIED written evidence, is widely cited in the final report.
The ECCC report reveals that the frequent changes to government energy policies are denting consumer confidence in the sector and hampering the UK’s ability to improve energy efficiency. It calls on the government to make improving energy efficiency in new and existing homes a “top priority” and to identify ways to help poor households struggling to pay their fuel bills.
The report says that increasing energy efficiency is a “win-win” for UK households because “it enhances the UK’s energy security, cuts the carbon emissions from our building stock, and reduces costs – the cheapest energy is the energy that we don’t use”.