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Insulate Magazine Issue 12 - November 2017

The 1st Birthday issue of Insulate magazine titled "Round 12 with Recticel" features an exclusive interview with Recticel's commercial Director Kevin Bohea. If that wasn't enough we have a great exclusive inside the BBA, featuring an interview with BBA Chef Executive Richard Beale.

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The only independent insulation industry trade magazine insulate columnist Renewed Aspiration and Ambition for Energy Efficiency Sarah Kostense-Winterton Executive Director, MIMA On Thursday 12 October, The Guardian headline read “UK climate change masterplan – the grownups have finally won”. This announced the first of two major wins for MIMA, for the EEIG and for the industry with a renewed aspiration and ambition from Energy Minister, Claire Perry in the very long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy. The announcement that saw MIMA and the EEIG’s aspirational target of bringing homes up to EPC C by 2035 being publicly supported by the Energy Minister and the Government. Claire Perry told her colleagues in Parliament that the measures in the Clean Growth Strategy “not only continue our work in cutting emissions, but we can also cut consumer bills, drive economic growth, create high-value jobs right across the UK and improve our quality of life. It is a win-win opportunity: it is ours for the taking”. Mirroring the messages of the EEIG, it could have almost been lifted from the EEIG commissioned Frontier Economics report, “Affordable Warmth, Clean Growth”. Even her predecessor, Nick Hurd acknowledged the that strategy was much better than when he left his position as minister. This was swiftly followed by a second win from the National Infrastructure Commission, recognising buildings energy efficiency as an infrastructure priority saying “Two priorities for achieving low-cost, low carbon are clear. The first is to improve energy efficiency. The UK has old and leaky buildings, which means households and firms use far more heat than should be required, pushing up consumer bills and increasing the costs of moving towards 18 low carbon heating in the longer term. The Commission will consider how an ambitious programme of energy efficiency improvements could rectify this.” However despite Perry’s positive tone and ambition, we do hear the many voices of caution, the voices that say it is only aspirational, it doesn’t mean the government will do it. The devil’s in the detail or there’s a lack of detail. So what does all this mean for us? Is the Government going to deliver? What should we be doing? Where do we go from here? What it does mean is that we have ALL to play for, we have to deliver and we must and we can make this change happen. The opportunity is clear with one-third of UK carbon emissions coming from buildings and with 19 million homes in the UK still with needlessly poor levels of energy performance - below an EPC C rating. Up to a quarter of the energy consumed in homes could be saved cost-effectively, with the technical potential for energy use in homes to be cut in half. In a nutshell, this is the start of the next phase and where the hard work really begins. We have been told that the EEIG was instrumental in bringing about this renewed ambition but that we need to continue to work together as an alliance and even broaden our coalition. This is our starting position and the EEIG’s strategy and actions over the next year will be vital to success. We already have a healthy head start, where the Minister has the aspiration and ambition, we have the vision and the practical steps on how to implement – through the EEIG commissioned Frontier Economics report, “Affordable Warmth, Clean Growth”. In this report, we clearly set out an ambitious yet practical action plan for the Government to make all homes energy efficient within 20 years. Perry quite rightly said that there is not one silver bullet and everyone has to play their part. So as part of the EEIG alliance, we have worked hard with government to reach this stage and they are listening and engaged, but now we must move forward to focus on how to deliver and respond to the raft of government’s calls for evidence. To ensure we tick the government’s objective boxes – evidence how we bring the benefits to consumers, to business; how we can deliver innovation; be world-leading; how we can boost the UK economy and create jobs but most of all that everyone across the UK has the best chance of a warm and comfortable home with lower bills. Achieving this goal will require the adoption of world-leading quality standards for retrofitting and constructing homes, area-based schemes led by local authorities, additional funding sources that won’t raise energy bills 19