The Energy Bill Revolution was a three year alliance campaign which ran from 2012 to the end of 2015. It was the second major campaign of Transform UK, the alliance-building programme of E3G.
The aim was to raise public awareness of the UK’s ‘cold homes’ crisis and to develop support for making energy performance of our homes an infrastructure investment priority, supported by capital funding potentially raised from carbon tax revenues. The goal remains to accelerate investment in home energy efficiency to end fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed needed to combat climate change, and to create green jobs across the country.
Today, the approach developed by and promoted through the Energy Bill Revolution Campaign is the most widely supported sustainable energy solution in the UK. It has the support of over 200 major charities, businesses, unions, cities and health groups. It has also been supported by hundreds of MPs from across Parliament, by two Parliamentary Select Committees, political parties and Scotland’s government:
- In September 2013, the Liberal Democrats made this official party policy. In September 2014, at their final conference before the 2015 election, Labour declared a 'war on cold homes’ and pledged to make energy efficiency an infrastructure priority.
- In December 2015, Scotland’s government designated investment in the energy performance of homes as a National Infrastructure Priority and is now committing the investment to match this status.
- In March 2016, the UK’s Infrastructure Planning Authority included existing plans for home energy efficiency in its National Delivery Plan for the first time.
The Energy Bill Revolution was supported by over 100,000 members of the public. It produced ground-breaking research and achieved high levels of media coverage – including through Cold Homes Week – helping to keep fuel poverty in the public eye.
Although the public campaign is over, members of the alliance are committed to continuing the fight to make the energy performance of buildings an infrastructure priority. In October 2016, the UK National Infrastructure Commission published its response to the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) consultation, in which it acknowledged a range of respondents’ calls to make energy efficiency a key theme of the NIA.
It is in this context that the Energy Bill Revolution’s work is currently being built on and taken forward by the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group, which E3G is supporting. The group – whose members include the CBI, Energy UK and the Institution of Civil Engineers – is focused is on ensuring that accelerating investment in improving the energy performance of the UK’s buildings – through energy efficiency and efficient low carbon heat – becomes a major part of the Government’s infrastructure investment plans, approach to reducing carbon emissions and industrial strategy.