The Government has published statistics showing how much loft and cavity wall insulation was professionally installed under the Government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT). London housing fared particularly badly.
Over the last year (April 2010 to March 2011), it was mostly northern towns that benefitted, with Birmingham, Leeds and Bradford topping the list of highest insulations.
The lowest number of insulations were found in the Isles of Scilly (0); Westminster (39); Kensington and Chelsea (177); Hackney (272). The five local authorities that have seen the lowest percentage of the housing stock insulated over the past three years through CERT are City of London (0.1%); Westminster (0.3%); Kensington and Chelsea (0.8%); Hackney (1.3%); Hammersmith and Fulham (1.6%).
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: “For those who haven’t yet insulated their home, I’d really recommend them to pick up the phone, call the Energy Saving Trust and check out the help available to cut bills. ”
CERT is an obligation placed by the Government on gas and electricity suppliers to deliver a reduction in household carbon emissions across England, Scotland and Wales.
Under the Green Deal, households will be able to invest in energy efficiency improvements worth up to £10,000 where an impartial assessment identifies appropriate measures that can be expected to save at least as much money as they cost to install. Major domestic retrofits worth more than £10,000 will also be possible where Green Deal providers can demonstrate a higher level of consumer protection.