Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing regarding the recent debate around energy prices and the impact of “green levies”. I cannot state strongly enough the harm that will be caused to fuel poor families and pensioners should the Government back down on its central energy efficiency policy so that energy companies can give a small ‘cash-back’ to consumers.
ROCKWOOL has invested considerably in mechanisms for delivering ECO, as a direct response to Government calls for investment. We are working in some of the UK’s most neglected social housing estates, training unemployed residents to become skilled solid wall insulation installers, thereby providing them with sustainable employment.
Today we are delivering durable solid wall insulation measures to some of the coldest, draughtiest and most energy inefficient homes in Britain. Most of these homes have already insulated their lofts and changed their light bulbs, but it is not enough. Solid wall insulation doesn’t just provide warmer homes, but transforms the appearance of these rundown estates. You should be proud that people are living in warmer, quieter and more aesthetically pleasing homes that are cheaper to run because of your government’s policies.
Across Britain tenants have been told about the ambitious plans to regenerate their homes and communities via ECO. They are now living in uncertainty, not understanding why the Government is having this public debate just a few months into a long-term policy initiative. Such public wrangling is not only creating uncertainty, it is doing nothing to support your own claim to be the “greenest Government ever”.
I accept that “green levies” may not be the way to pay for this solution, but diminishing or scrapping investment in solid wall insulation will not only be disastrous this winter, but will have consequences for everyone’s future. According to the Government’s own statistics Britain will lose out on an £8 billion boost to our economy.*
We would like to invite you to see the impact of this investment by visiting a project and to discuss with you solutions to reduce the cost to bill payers of delivering solid wall insulation at scale.
Britain’s fuel poor families and pensioners need more than a jumper to avert the looming energy crisis; they need investment in solid wall insulation to create warmer homes that are cheaper to run.
* Final Stage Impact Assessment for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, DECC, June 2012