WWF resignation from zero carbon homes taskforce highlights need for appliance-level energy data
Thursday 14th April 2011
month, the WWF
announced its resignation from the UK Government’s zero carbon homes taskforce,
claiming the approach is now ‘effectively useless’ as it no longer includes
emissions from electrical appliances in the home.
government policy ensured that all new homes built from 2016 would have net
zero-carbon emissions, but house builders will no longer have to ensure that
all energy demand can be met from carbon-neutral sources.
contrast to the WWF, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has backed the Government’s
amendment, claiming it will help to deliver more low energy homes by providing
a realistic, achievable objective.
in my view, a broader perspective on energy management in the home is needed –
and that needs to start from today, and not 2016.
Government’s Carbon Plan highlights the importance of the reducing energy
consumption in the UK’s 26m
homes, which are responsible for 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.
without a clear, detailed understanding of how energy is used in the home –
whether it’s a 200 year old property or new-build – the efforts of UK households
to reduce emissions from electrical appliances could be in vain.
many people know the true cost of running their washing machine every year? Or
leaving the lights on over night? Or running their immersion heater? Without this detail at an appliance level,
households will remain in the dark over the best approach to reducing their
The disaggregation technology that can be used in every UK home to provide detailed energy
consumption is available now. I urge the Government to take action and empower
home owners to take control of their energy usage.
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