Commenting on the Labour Party’s latest proposals for making energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority, Michael Lewis, E.ON UK Chief Executive, said:
“The UK’s housing stock is among the oldest and least energy efficient in Europe, condemning customers not only to higher heating bills but also the knock-on effects of poor homes in terms of physical health. We remain convinced that improving our nation’s building stock is a far more sustainable policy than a temporary market wide price cap but we broadly welcome Labour’s proposals on energy efficiency as a step towards bringing the standards of homes up to a level fit for the 21st century.
“We are proud of what we have delivered under the CERT, CESP and ECO obligations; installing around 1.3 million measures so far to over 1 million properties. We currently offer free cavity wall and loft insulation to all, whether an E.ON customer or not.
“Our view is that current proposals for ECO3 are not ambitious enough and will mean many customers miss out on such benefits, particularly when it comes to solid wall insulation and harder to treat properties. We welcome Labour’s proposals as a step towards bringing the standards of homes up to a level fit for the 21st century.
“This is a pressing issue and making it an infrastructure priority to be funded through a proposed ‘National Transformation Fund’ – rather than another addition to energy bills – stresses the urgency of this need.
“Care does need to be taken that any scheme fully integrates with ECO to ensure efficiencies are maximised and it is important that lessons from the failed Green Deal Scheme are also fully understood so all householders have an option to achieve warmer and more energy efficient homes.
“Also important is the impact on customers of the exemption from ECO enjoyed by smaller suppliers which risks a situation of ‘haves and have nots’ when it comes to funding and receiving energy saving measures. We believe all suppliers – big and small – should play a role alongside government in funding and delivering ECO, and by removing the exemptions enjoyed by small suppliers we can allow more vulnerable people to receive the help they need so urgently.”
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