The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) quarterly forecast (as of 31st January 2015). Josh Robson, Head of Public Affairs Northern Europe at Knauf Insulation, comments on the announcement:
In a challenging fiscal environment, the Government needs to make certain that it is spending money effectively. A long-term policy framework for energy efficiency is a very clear example of infrastructure investment that meets a range of policy goals.
The UK has less efficient buildings than almost all of Europe, which means we pay more than we should on energy bills. We are also more reliant on energy imports than we need to be.
It is for this reason that we are calling for warm homes to be made a priority by the next Government. As well as health benefits that are being increasingly recognised, modeling by Cambridge Econometrics shows that a National Warm Homes programme will provide relief from bills for families, create more than 100,000 jobs, and return £1.27 in tax for every £1 of public money invested.