21 Sep 23

In a speech from Downing Street outlining a new approach to achieving net zero, the prime minister scrapped the plan for new rental properties to have at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘C’ by 2025, and all properties by 2028, saying “we will never force any household to do it”.

He said that energy efficiency is “crucial to making our homes cheaper to heat”, but that “under current plans, some property owners would have been forced to make expensive upgrades in just two years’ time”.

“That’s just wrong. So those plans will be scrapped and while we will continue to subsidise energy efficiency, we’ll never force any household to do it,” he said.

The prime minister also announced a 50% increase in grant funding through the government’s boiler upgrade scheme, “far more time” to transition from gas boilers to heat pumps, as well as a delay on banning the sale of diesel and petrol cars. 

Responding to the statement last night, Mr Sunak said he would achieve net zero in a “more proportionate way” after reports that key targets on heat pumps and home energy efficiency will be ditched. He said the government remains “committed to net zero by 2050 and the agreements we have made internationally – but doing so in a better, more proportionate way”.

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