IPPR Environmental Justice Commission new net-zero report – Schneider Electric Comments

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  Posted by: electime      15th July 2021

A new report from the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission has launched calling for ‘fairness and people’ to be put at the heart of the drive to hit net-zero emissions targets and outlines how a ‘fairness lock’ on transition is essential to success.

In particular, the report recommends the launch of a £7.5bn-a-year ‘GreenGO scheme’ – a financial one-stop shop to help households switch to green alternatives.

Nico van der Merwe, Vice President of Home and Distribution at Schneider Electric, comments: “This report from the Environmental Justice Commission highlights the shortcomings of the UK Government in putting people at the heart of the drive to hit net-zero emissions targets.

By 2050, electricity use in homes is set to more than double, outstripping industry, as well as commercial and transport use combined. Our homes represent both a great climate challenge, in driving change, and opportunity, in the potential energy efficiency gains.

Fundamentally, we cannot meet climate targets without a comprehensive, holistic programme for domestic housing. The report’s recommendation of launching a £7.5bn-a-year ‘GreenGO scheme’ will help households switch to green alternatives with greater ease and support from the government.

The transition to net-zero homes, relies on homes becoming smarter, more connected and more efficient. Consumers, businesses and governments first need data to then optimise household energy use, from heating and lighting to energy generation, consumption and storage. This is only achievable through greater connectivity and transparency between all.

By bringing all the elements of domestic energy use together, we can strive for new standards of efficiency and effectively work towards the 2050 net-zero target.”