Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, has today said he is ‘extremely attracted’ to the idea of reframing home energy efficiency as one of the UK's top 40 infrastructure priorities.
Speaking at the Government Construction Summit, in London, Lord Deighton gave a presentation on UK infrastructure in which he spoke of how it was possible to successfully deliver major projects such as the Olympics with both cross party political consensus and ambitious long-term targets.
Asked by UK-GBC’s Chief Executive Paul King on whether Government needed to change the mindset on home retrofit from thinking about 26 million small problems to one major infrastructure opportunity, Lord Deighton said he was “seduced” by the idea of reframing the debate on energy efficiency and that “Government should lead” on the agenda.
Reacting to his comments, Paul King said: “On the back of an energetic and compelling speech about the delivery of the UK's infrastructure, it was fantastic to hear Lord Deighton say he was ‘extremely attracted’ and indeed ‘seduced’ by the idea of reframing home energy efficiency as one of the UK's top 40 infrastructure priorities.
“His assertion that Government should lead on this agenda is very encouraging and I look forward to following-up on his invitation to discuss this further and help him and Government to identify the top five things we need to do to make this happen.”
Lord Deighton’s comments come just over a week after UK-GBC and a coalition of 19 other organisations wrote to the Commercial Secretary calling on all political parties to make energy efficiency a “national infrastructure priority” and for Government to set a target of retrofitting 1 million homes a year by 2020.
The open letter coincided with the launch of a report by the coalition, A housing stock fit for the future, which set out the widespread economic and social benefits of home energy efficiency.