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Countries & councils have declared a climate emergency.
It's time for all UK households to do the same.
Emissions - 2019
Industrial & Waste Processes
Land Use (LULUCF)
The UK has almost 29 million homes and they are amongst the oldest and least energy efficient houses in Europe. Increasing amounts of precious energy is wasted in heating and cooling these leaky buildings.
In order for the UK to meet legal obligations under the Climate Change Act and commitments under the Paris Agreement to stay below 1.5C, emissions from heating and powering homes must be reduced by 78% in less than 15 years and then to zero by 2050.
Almost 20% of the total UK carbon equivalent emissions comes from our homes. As well as decarbonising our energy sources, almost every home needs to be upgraded, or retrofitted, to some extent to improve energy efficiency. That's one home every 35 seconds from now to 2050. The scale of the task can not be underrated.
This is why we need you!
We are launching this campaign to highlight the extent of the problem of emissions from homes in the UK and to put pressure on our elected representatives to do something about it. We hope to inform and empower anyone with an interest in how they can be part of the solution.
80% of UK homes in use by 2050 have been built already.
Homes being built even today are not up to standard to meet zero carbon targets.
Homes are important because 90% of our time is spent indoors.
Retrofit is key to tackling climate breakdown.
What is retrofit?
What is retrofit?
Retrofit is the introduction of new materials, products & technologies into an existing building.
All the improvements add up to significantly reduce the amount of energy needed to occupy that building. It has many co benefits including improved comfort, health and indoor air quality.
Ground floor insulation
Hot water tank
Room ventilation & heat recovery
Ground source heating
Double / triple glazing
Good retrofit makes homes better, healthier and more comfortable.
Is retrofitting expensive?
It can be, which is why we need the government to act. Home renovations cost money, and not everyone can afford it. When our inefficient homes are effectively causing damage to the environment, the government has an obligation to do something about it, to make undertaking retrofit measures accessible to all.
Why is retrofitting important?
If good retrofit is undertaken to the homes of the UK, a combination of practical and realistic measures, this will deliver a comfortable, healthy and efficient home with a greatly reduced carbon footprint that supports our national transition to net zero carbon, and create a lot of jobs along the way.
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