Government outlines 12-year plan for green energy

Within 12 years, off-grid rural care homes will be forced to replace oil-based systems in favour of lower carbon fuels, the Government has said in its Clean Growth strategy.

In a package of measures designed to shake-up the UK’s carbon footprint, homes could also be required to install
smart meters to help reduce energy consumption.

The plans are detailed in the Government’s Clean Growth strategy, which was updated in April to support the UK’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050 when compared to 1990 levels.

Recommendations in the strategy include:

■ Explore the role of voluntary building standards to improve energy efficiency

■ Require all fuel-poor homes to achieve Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030

■ New stronger energy performance building regulations for new and existing homes.

To support the strategy, the Government will invest over £2.5 billion to support low carbon innovation to 2021.

For more on care home energy, look out for the September issue of Care Home Management, published during the first week of September


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