Are new energy deadlines to be announced

The UK government is expected to announce new deadlines for private landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. Here’s a summary of the upcoming changes and commitments:

New Energy Efficiency Deadlines

  • Expected Announcement: The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) is anticipated to clarify the requirements next week.
  • Extended Deadline: The new deadline for private rental sector (PRS) homes to achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C will be 2030.
  • Previous Deadlines: Earlier targets set for 2025 for new properties and 2028 for all PRS properties were scrapped by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last September.

Labour Party’s Commitments

  • Manifesto Goals: Labour aims to ensure PRS homes meet minimum energy efficiency standards by 2030, which is projected to save renters significant amounts on their energy bills.
  • Boiler Replacements: Labour assures that no one will be forced to replace their boiler as part of these plans.

Investment in Energy Efficiency

  • Warm Homes Plan: DESNZ Secretary Ed Miliband highlighted a £6.6 billion investment over the next parliament to upgrade five million homes.
  • Support Measures: The plan includes grants and low-interest loans for insulation, solar panels, batteries, and low-carbon heating systems to reduce energy bills.

Broader Goals

  • Mission Statement: Miliband emphasized the department’s focus on making the UK energy independent, reducing energy bills, creating jobs, and addressing the climate crisis.
  • Immediate Action: The department is committed to promptly starting the implementation of these energy efficiency measures.

These changes are expected to significantly enhance the energy efficiency of rental properties, benefiting landlords and tenants while contributing to the UK’s environmental targets.

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