One in four United Kingdom homes to get eco-makeover
Teams will provide insulation and
provide advice on suitable micro-generation technologies
More than one in four homes in the UK will be offered an
environmental makeover in an effort by the Department of Energy and Climate
Change to cut a third of greenhouse gas emissions from households by 2020.
Some seven United Kingdom million homes will receive the
voluntary makeover, which will include insulations and free advice on
suitable small-scale electricity generation technologies.
The scheme will be partly funded by nearly £1bn in
household energy-saving initiatives from UK energy firms, which prime
minister Gordon Brown announced last year in response to calls for a
windfall tax on the "Big Six" power companies.
A report by Oxford University's Environmental Change
Institute in 2007 found that only four out of every 1,000 homes had any
low-and-zero carbon technologies. The report also warned that emissions from
the sector would rise by 23 per cent by the middle of the century under a
business as usual scenario.
Improving building energy efficiency is widely recognised
as one of the most cost-effective means of cutting carbon emissions, while
also allowing households and businesses to cut energy bills
However, Lord Turner's recent
Change Committee report on moving to a low-carbon economy warned many
home insulation projects "will not be pursued even at a high carbon price,
because of the hassle involved in deciding which particular solution to
pursue, in appointing suppliers and supervising work".
It concluded: "As a result, non-price policy
interventions can in many instances be more effective than carbon prices."
The government now looks set to follow this advice with
the development of mandatory rollout schemes.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Climate
Change said more details on the plans would be announced by energy and
climate secretary Ed Miliband on Thursday.