Minister: “Our £ 1.5bn green program failed because we rushed it”

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The minister admitted that a flagship government program to help people make their homes more environmentally friendly has failed because the rollout was too rushed.

The £ 1.5billion green house grant scheme was launched last July to spur Britain’s ‘green recovery’ from the Covid pandemic and to help the UK meet its target net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The program offered homeowners the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £ 5,000 to install energy efficiency upgrades and low-carbon heat measures.

“It is fair to say that the Green Homes grant has not been one of our greatest success stories,” Lord Callanan told MPs in a select committee hearing this week. “It clearly did not live up to the huge expectations.”

He then blamed “fairly difficult deadlines” for the failure of the program, adding that the government should have launched local pilots before launching it nationwide.

Poorly insulated and inefficient buildings contribute around 20% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent report by the spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.

In its damning report, the NAO criticized the Treasury and Business Department for failing to reconcile the short-term goal of creating green jobs with the long-term ambition of reducing carbon emissions.

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