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Committee Wants to Scrap EPCs

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The Environment Audit Committee, which is spearheaded by MPs of all parties, has argued that Energy Performance Certificates should be scrapped, as they are deemed not fit for purpose.

They argue that EPCs are outdated and currently do not support energy efficiency and low carbon heating measures.

The group suggested they should be replaced by Building Renovation Passports, which should be developed with an approved, standardised methodology.

Currently, there are three types of EPC, for domestic, commercial, and public building use. The call to scrap domestic EPCs forms part of the committee's recommendations, as the government aims to reach its Net Zero targets by 2050.

Along with its recommendations, the committee has been critical of existing measures, with MPs suggesting the government has underestimated the costs to decarbonise UK homes. They estimate that 19 million UK properties need energy efficiency upgrades to meet EPC band C, with the average cost far higher than the government's estimate.

Committee chairperson Philip Dunne says: "Making 19 million homes ready for net zero Britain by 2050 is an enormous challenge that the government appears to have not yet grasped. "

"Government investment to improve energy efficiency has been woefully inadequate. The £9 billion that the government pledged at the election was welcome, but 16 months on, there appears to be no plan nor meaningful delivery. "

"Funding allocated for the Green Homes Grant has not been spent, with only £125 million worth of vouchers - of the £1.5 billion budget - issued."