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Group calls for £4bn home energy retrofit drive

Increasing the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes should be a national infrastructure priority, according to a panel of key figures.

A group of bodies including the UK Green Building Council and the Sustainable Energy Association wrote an open letter to commercial secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton demanding action.

They called for investment of up to £4bn per year to improve energy security, reduce carbon emissions, improve health and create jobs.

Up to 1m ‘deep retrofits’ should be carried out every year to 2020, the letter said.

“The UK’s 26M homes should be fit for the future. Our homes are among the coldest and draughtiest in Europe,” said the group.

“As a result we have high energy bills and one of the worst records on fuel poverty and preventable winter deaths. We are also wasting vast amounts of energy and increasing our reliance on expensive fossil fuels.”

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