PRESS RELEASE: UKGBC reacts to energy bills support for businesses

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has responded to new government support on energy bills for non-domestic energy customers, announced today by Jacob Rees-Mogg.
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September 21, 2022

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UKGBC’s Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Louse Hutchins said:

“Jacob Rees-Mogg is right to announce major relief on the cost of energy for businesses, charities and the public sector.

The package is for just six months with the promise of more support to come for some sectors.

But businesses need longer term security against high gas and electricity bills. It’s now urgent that the government comes forward with a strategy to cut the vast costly energy waste from the sector’s poorly insulated buildings and drive a shift from gas and oil heating to more efficient, low carbon options.

Measures such as VAT and business rates cuts for businesses investing in decarbonising their buildings and requiring companies to measure and publish their energy performance will all be needed if we are to get off the hook of high and volatile gas bills year on year.

UK Green Building Council has produced a Roadmap to decarbonise the whole of the UK’s building stock with a full suite of policy recommendations.”

Learn more about the importance of investing in energy efficiency for our homes and buildings here.