Dr Brenda Boardman, ECI,  Oxford University

In the context of the challenge to cut carbon emissions, the task is huge, but possible. The 40% House study provides insights into saving energy within the domestic sector, showing the importance of reducing demand as this also reduces technology costs and increases security of supply. Action is required on lighting, appliances, insulation and better building standards, which will also help to reduce bills and fuel poverty. The current distribution of EPC bandings for the UK housing stocking is shown, based on SAP 2005 as well as how this needs to be transformed by 2050. Whilst the EWP contains some useful initiatives, it lacks an overall vision and sense of urgency, and a vast untapped potential for saving energy exists, particularly in combination with micro-generation and trading (personal carbon allowances).

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