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Insulate Magazine Ecobuild 2018 Special Edition

Ecobuild 2018 special edition of Insulate Magazine, featuring Insulate exclusive articles and excellent insulation insight from Mauer, BBA, Insulation Superstore, Isover, NIA, Netsezch, 3M, IMA, Quinn, MIMA,

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The only independent insulation industry trade magazine Insulate insulate Columnist columnist The EEIG is Key to the Industry's Success Sarah Kostense-Winterton Executive Director, MIMA “The EEIG is key to the industry’s success” a government official told a group of political stakeholders at a roundtable event in December. They were speaking of the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group’s (EEIG’s) campaign - for a 20-year national infrastructure programme to bring all UK homes up to a decent standard of energy efficiency (EPC C by 2035), warmth and comfort – and the comment underlines how far the EEIG has come in the past year. There is still much more to do, but the informal group, supported by a broad church of over 25 organisations, and working with others in the industry, has had notable successes during 2017, including: Government pledges around Energy Efficiency in the publication of the Clean Growth Strategy. In particular the aspirational target to have all homes up to EPC band C by 2035. The National Infrastructure Commission announcing in its interim report that it would examine Energy Efficiency as one of its infrastructure priorities as well as producing a stand alone report in spring 2018, prior to the NIA in summer 2018. A growing realisation amongst UK policy makers, the current government and its backbenchers that energy efficiency as a policy priority is a necessity and “an open goal” in terms of its all-round social, economic and health and well-being benefits. There has been much positive movement so far – more than we could ever have expected - and 2018 is most definitely the year for the gaps to be filled in the Government’s aspirations. The EEIG will be seeking: Government to fill out the detail on how it will meet its target to have all homes up to EPC band C by 2035. The National Infrastructure Commission to follow through in its final report (“Assessment”) on Energy Efficiency. Initial spending commitments to be at a minimum outlined by the HM Treasury Budget at the end of the year. The “how” we do it is perhaps for those who take a strong, geeky interest in lobbying and public affairs. It focuses on ensuring that government receives pressure from several angles, and that multiple government departments and political actors are engaged in pressing for change. Our plan is supported by the armoury of EEIG communications collateral tailored to our specific audiences and the widely referenced and respected Frontier Economics report: 22 www.insulatenetwork.com

“Affordable Warmth, Clean Growth”, that sets out how we can deliver an energy efficiency infrastructure programme for buildings (BEIP). As part of the EEIG campaign strategy, we will be building on our solid body of existing Parliamentary support and “champion” MPs but also engage at a higher level in government departments as well as pulling together cross departmental cooperation and communication. The EEIG will be focusing on how we can deliver a BEIP programme and potential positive outputs such as the resulting economic returns for the Government. After a plethora of consultation responses which kept EEIG members insanely busy over December and throughout the Christmas holidays, 2018 brings many important key policy dates. Non so important as the Hackitt Review but also the National Infrastructure Commissions standalone report on energy efficiency. Areas such as the private rented sector and energy performance standards bring us potential opportunities for the EEIG to work together. The EEIG currently has a wide and varied membership (with over 25 members) and there has been a good deal of interest from other groups to join in the past few months and expanding the membership will continue in 2018 – potential areas such as the financial services and insurance sectors - whilst the structure of the EEIG will remain inclusive and informal. There has been much positive movement so far – more than we could ever have expected - and 2018 is most definitely the year for the gaps to be filled in the Government’s aspirations. The EEIG is a coalition which represents those who are committed to achieving change and delivering good energy efficiency policy. We are not about specific products, businesses or organisations but committed to achieving the EEIG’s goals. So please don’t be shy - come and join us! Sarah Kostense-Winterton is Executive Director of MIMA, the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association and provides the secretariat to the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG). For further details of the EEIG or if you would like to join, please contact Alasdair MacEwen at alasdair@theeeig.co.uk 23

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