Lynne Jones MP and Kevin McCloud build case for greener
14 July 2009
Lynne Jones MP for Birmingham Selly Oak today joined Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud
outside Parliament to build a compelling case for a nationwide green refurbishment
The Grand Designs Great British Refurb Campaign, led by Kevin McCloud, has gained
the support of thousands of homeowners across the country who are asking for Government
support to make their homes more energy efficient.
Tackling our poorly insulated, inefficient housing stock, has the potential to reduce
homeowners energy bills, create thousands of green collar jobs, and help the UK
meet its climate change targets.
Lynne Jones MP joined the campaign by helping Kevin McCloud insulate his home
outside the Houses of Parliament.
Lynne Jones said: If the Government is to stand any chance of meeting its climate
change targets, its essential that the energy efficiency of the UKs 26 million
existing homes is radically improved. As pointed out in a recent
report by the House of Commons EFRA Committee, its also vital if we are to tackle fuel poverty. Homeowners can do their bit to reduce their energy
consumption but they need more support and greater financial incentives to green their
homes, and unlock the potential energy and cost savings within their four walls.
(See also Climate
Change: "the citizen's agenda")
It is estimated that even with retrofitting of the lowest cost improvements such as loft
and wall insulation to our existing housing stock, nine million tonnes of carbon dioxide
could be saved the equivalent to the average CO2 output of over 1.5
million homes per year. The market for green refurbishment and improvement could be worth
between £3.5 billion and £6.5 billion per year and thousands of new jobs could be
The Great British Refurb Campaign is supported by the Energy Saving Trust, Grand Designs
magazine, UK Green Building Council, and WWF-UK. Thousands of homeowners have already
added their name to a petition calling upon the Prime Minister to make it easier, more
affordable, and more attractive to go green at home. This petition will be delivered to No
10 Downing Street later this week and is well timed to coincide with the Governments
latest announcement on reducing the UKs energy demands.
Kevin McCloud says: We urgently need a plan of action to deliver on our climate
change targets. A nationwide programme of green refurbishment is an ideal solution,
creating a major reduction in carbon emissions and providing a boost to the economy
through the creation of green collar jobs in our communities. But in order to achieve
this, the Government must first remove the cost barrier and help encourage companies that
can supply whole energy packages to cut out the hassle to householders thus making it a
tangible solution for the nations householders.
The Great British Refurb Campaign is calling upon the Government to:
- Offer households new ways to pay for green refurbishment, which
would significantly reduce upfront costs and instead spread them over a longer period of
- Provide better financial incentives for householders to refurbish
their homes to make them greener and more energy efficient, through substantial government
grants, subsidies or tax rebates.
- Ensure installers are qualified and approved to undertake the work.
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To find out more about the Great British Refurb Campaign visit www.greatbritishrefurb.co.uk.
Kevins house has been put together by Parity Projects and the insulation is provided
by campaign sponsors Knauf Insulation.
In their report Building a greener Britain, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) estimates that the
market for green refurbishment and improvement could be worth between £3.5 billion and
£6.5 billion per year. Thus, such a programme of retrofit will help insulate the UK from
future economic difficulties by placing the UK at the forefront of developments for
The recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in the carbon budgets to
2022 have identified that 9 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) or 2.4 million tonnes of carbon
(MtC) can be saved through the retrofitting the existing housing stock with low and zero
It is estimated that a typical household could save on average £300 per year from the
installation of energy saving measures and by changing behaviour with regard to the use of
energy. This estimate is based on Energy
Saving Trust research as well as data provided by sources such as Defras Market
Transformation Programme and the Building Research Establishment.
Statistics from the Energy Saving Trust:
Nearly a quarter of all UK homes (an estimated 6.3 million homes) still need cavity wall
insulation, and nearly half of all UK homes need more loft insulation. Insulating these
would save nearly 7 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2 a year. Thats the
equivalent of having more than 2 million fewer cars on the UKs roads.
There are an estimated 7 million un-insulated solid walls. If all these walls were dealt
with, around 11 million tonnes of CO2 would be saved. Thats the
equivalent of having 3.5 million fewer cars on the UKs roads, and would save the
same amount of CO2 as is currently produced by two million households
around 8 per cent of all UK homes, or nearly two thirds of all the homes in London.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that 9,000 jobs could be created through insulating all
empty cavity walls and all under-insulated lofts between now and 2015 (2,000 from
insulating all cavity walls, and 7,000 from insulating all under-insulated lofts).
A further 7,000 jobs a year could be created between now and 2020 by insulating 10 per
cent of solid walls, and 10,000 jobs a year between now and 2020 from installing 2 million
domestic micro-generation units.
For further information, please contact:
Debbie Chapman, Senior Press Officer, tel: 01483 412397, 07771 818685 email: firstname.lastname@example.org