The government has rejected calls to beef up its target of getting all homes to the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C standard by 2035 – while signalling that its own heat policy road map will be published “very soon”.
Policymakers have been facing calls for shorter-term roadmaps to help decarbonise homes in line with its 2050 target.
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Foster introduced into the House of Lords legislation designed to give legislative force to the government’s target of 2035 for all homes to be brought up to EPC Band C.
The Domestic Properties (Minimum Energy Performance) Bill includes an interim target that all fuel poor homes in England should reach Band C by 2030.
The bill would also require the