Climate change: Boris Johnson’s ‘targets’ questioned by Menon
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Bill Bullen, CEO of Utilita, has submitted a white paper to Energy, Clean Grown and Climate Change Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan questioning why the Government appears to have overlooked reducing domestic energy waste. Mr Bullen said that reducing domestic energy waste could allow Britain to reach its net zero goal two years ahead of the 2050 target. Utilia’s product, which is free for the energy company’s customers, is called Smart Score and it is a smart-meter-enabled smartphone app that measures each customers’ energy efficiency and offers tips and advice on how to use and waste less energy around the home.
Mr Bullen’s white paper proposes that all UK energy providers should be obligated to offer energy intelligence information in the interest of the environment and to help reduce bills for those experiencing fuel poverty.
He told Express.co.uk: “We are in the midst of a climate emergency and energy efficiency behaviour can’t be overlooked any longer. The more energy we save, the closer we get to the UK’s net zero target.
“2019 emissions from residential energy usage accounted for 15 percent of emissions and was the fourth-largest source of emissions behind businesses, energy supply and transport. It can’t be ignored.
“There is all this talk of the rising cost of going green but actually it’s all misplaced, it doesn’t have to be more expensive.
Boris Johnson has been handed a plan to avoid soaring energy costs (Image: PA)
“The more energy we save, the closer we get to the UK’s net zero target” said Bill Bullen. (Image: PA)
“The opportunity here is for Britain to make some sensible first steps, we’re a nation that is proud of its ingenuity and wants to be leaders and there is an opportunity for us to do that here.
“If you take all these steps, the ones that you can do for no cost, you will find yourself a long way down the path to net zero.”
Utilita identifies where energy is being wasted in the home and condenses thousands of data points collected via each property’s smart meter and tells the customer exactly where efficiencies can be made – such as avoiding standby use, for example, and what that will save them in pounds and pence.
Mr Bullen stressed that the Government should consider wising up new technologies like this.
The white paper to Energy, Clean Grown and Climate Change Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Image: PA)
He said: “What the Government need to do is educate themselves, new technology will continue to come so it’s a question of choosing a direction and going in that direction and what we will find is that the cost models change.
“Our data has confirmed that right now, as much as one-fifth of the energy supplied to UK homes is being wasted, so we made it our mission to put an end to that.
“Smart Score makes this possible.”
It comes after Mr Johnson unveiled his Ten Point Plan for a “green industrial revolution” in Britain.
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Mr Johnson HAS unveiled his Ten Point Plan for a “green industrial revolution” in Britain. (Image: PA)
Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050.
The plan – which is part of Mr Johnson’s mission to level up across the country – will mobilise £12billion of Government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly skilled green jobs in the UK.
Number seven on his list states an aspiration to “making our homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy-efficient, whilst creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028”.