Stamp duty in England may be changed to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.
Energy minister Claire Perry told the BBC householders could face “carrots as well as sticks” to prompt them into saving on heating bills as well as carbon emissions.
the item may form part of a plan by ministers to get about a million homes a year renovated during the next two decades.
The government will fail to meet its climate change laws unless the item can cut emissions coming from household heating.
The proposals are part of the government’s long-delayed Clean Growth Plan, being published on Thursday, which defines how the item aims to reduce carbon emissions across the whole economy.
As part of the the Climate Change Act, the government needs to cut CO2 emissions by 57% coming from 1990 levels by 2050.
A recent report called for radical policies to incentivise homeowners – such as fining people who sell cold, draughty homes, or introducing a variable stamp duty to reward those who have insulated their homes as well as punish those who have not.
The point of sale of a house is actually seen as the best time to undertake improvements which many people find costly as well as disruptive.
Ms Perry told the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme she was “interested” within the idea of lowering stamp duty on properties which have been made energy efficient.
She described the idea as potentially “one of the incentives” to encourage homeowners into implementing energy-saving measures on their houses.
She added: “the item’s more likely which a home where insulation has been put in could attract a higher value, because the running cost of which home over the lifetime of ownership could be lower.”
The application of stamp duty is actually devolved around the UK, so which could only apply to energy efficient homes in England.
Homes at which point account for 13% of the UK’s emissions, as well as which rises to 22% once electricity use is actually taken into account.
Ed Matthew, coming from the climate change think tank E3G, has welcomed the plan yet says there needs to be a clear strategy.
He told BBC News: “The government is actually trying to triple the rate at which homes are being insulated. which policy is actually definitely ambitious yet the item needs money – as well as the Treasury has to stump up.”
The UK has led the developed world by boosting its economy 60% whilst cutting carbon emissions 42% since 1990. yet most of the carbon saving has come through cutting down on burning coal for power.
Advisors warn which the government’s future policies will lead them to miss carbon targets by a long distance. They say emissions coming from transport as well as housing have recently been going up.
Ms Perry said the plan could cover all parts of the economy, including cars as well as industrial emissions.
yet energy campaigners fear the plan will not contain the measures necessary to meet the government’s own laws on cutting carbon.
Jonathan Church, a spokesman for the environmental lawyers ClientEarth, said the strategy didn’t go far enough.
He said: “We need a firm commitment to say how the UK will decarbonise. Ministers do seem to be trying to make up lost ground with their completely new strategy, yet they have not done enough.”
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