On the 6th February, in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess (Conservative MP for Southend West) used a “ten minute rule motion” to propose that all domestic properties should be required to achieve a minimum of EPC Band C by 2030, for those occupiers in fuel poverty, and 2035 for all other domestic properties.
This proposed strategy is smiliar to one outlined for Private Rental Sector / Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), but would apply to both privately owned properties too.
MPs backed the motion unanimously and it will have a second reading on March 16 2018. Elmhurst Energy’s Managing Director, Martyn Reed, welcomed this news, but in the light of a similar statement in the clean Growth Strategy, is not all together surprised. Government appear to have woken up to the opportunity that energy efficiency can deliver and a number of recent consultation and policies have shown commitment to making change and, to our members delight, EPCs.
In order to achieve an acceptable level of energy efficiency, we need a ‘carrot and stick’ approach:
- Carrots – Action is more likely if homeowners and landlords are incentivised to act, maybe by providing discounts on council tax and stamp duty to shorten the payback period
- Sticks – Setting a requirement is only any use if its enforced and for that agents, landlords and owners who do not comply need to understand that there is a realistic chance of being prosecuted
For the full speech please click here https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2018-02-06a.1389.0&s=speaker%3A10009#g1390.1