Here's how the government is committed to fighting carbon emissions

Reducing carbon emissions is a key priority for the government in the fight against climate change.

Tree shaped into the word CO2

The government aims to be net carbon zero by 2050.

This means for all CO2 produced, the same amount will be offset.

How much CO2 do we need to offset?

Right now, UK homes account for 15% of the country's carbon emissions, rising to 22% when you include electricity used. This means we can all play an important role.

Poor energy efficiency leads to higher carbon emissions, higher energy bills and can also have negative health impacts.

The Government has set targets and goals for UK homes to improve Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standards.

Source: Carbon Brief

What is an EPC?

EPC ratings may seem complicated, but they’re really simple! An EPC rating shows how energy efficient your home is and how much your bills are likely to cost. They run from A-G, A being the best, G the worst. The higher the rating (A) the cheaper your energy bills will be. The lower the rating (G) the more you’re likely to be spending.

What are the targets for our homes?

1) A new minimum EPC rating for rented homes


  • By 2020 rented homes must have an EPC rating of E or better.


  • By 2022 homes must have an EPC rating of E or better.
  • By 2025 homes must have an EPC rating of D or better.

2) A new minimum EPC rating for owner occupied homes

The government wants to have as many homes as possible at EPC Band C by 2035. They also want people in fuel poor homes to reach this level earlier, by 2030.

What is a fuel poor home

A home is considered fuel poor if:

  • their fuel costs are above the national (median) average
  • after fuel costs, they are left with an income below the official poverty line

There are three elements that determine if a home is fuel poor:

  • income
  • energy requirements
  • fuel prices.