The campaign for
Warm Homes & Lower Bills
Ed Miliband today set out in the Labour party election manifesto a commitment for a major drive on energy efficiency.
This includes a commitment to deliver 200,000 whole house retrofits per year, delivered street by street by local authorities and community organisations, zero interest loans for a million households and ensuring privately rented homes meet a decency standard which will make a further 3 million households warm. Ed Miliband also confirmed in a recent letter to the Energy Bill Revolution alliance that the Labour party would make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.
These commitments meet many of the asks set out by the Energy Bill Revolution alliance which is campaigning for a far more ambitious energy efficiency programme to end fuel poverty.
Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution alliance, said:
“Labour has laid down the gauntlet to the other political parties by setting out a framework for a far more ambitious energy efficiency programme. A commitment to whole house retrofits, delivered street by street, zero interest loans for the able to pay and making energy efficiency an infrastructure priority is revolutionary. But this programme needs to be rolled out faster if the fuel poverty scandal is to be ended within a decade. We need all 6 million low income homes made highly energy efficient by 2025 with 2 million treated by 2020. This can be achieved without additional borrowing if capital funds are used to help fund the programme.Labour must now confirm they will deliver this critical investment.”
Notes to editors
1. The Labour election manifesto sets out the following pledges on energy efficiency:
2. Ed Miliband wrote to the Energy Bill Revolution on 17th March and pledged that if Labour is elected on 7th May they would commit to the following:
3. The Energy Bill Revolution is an alliance of over 200 charities, businesses and unions campaigning for an energy efficiency programme to end fuel poverty. They are calling for: