EPCs are here to Stay Despite Brexit, Believes Elmhurst Energy
Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, believes that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are here to stay, despite Theresa May’s formal triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will commence the UK’s departure from the EU.
Martyn Reed, the Managing Director of the firm, says that while he is concerned about the uncertainty ahead, he remains optimistic about energy efficiency.
The recent Bonfield Review suggests there should be a quality framework to help homes in the UK become warmer and more efficient; this is very much based around the foundation of an Energy Performance Certificate and the recommendations that are created specifically for each property.
Landlords, remember that you must have an EPC for your property before letting it to a tenant. This legal requirement was initially introduced by the EU.
Elmhurst Energy considers EPCs and energy assessments to be vital if the UK is to meet its fuel poverty targets, together with international treaties on climate change from the United Nations. Elmhurst also highlights that the Fifth Carbon Budget and the Paris Agreement are not EU commitments, but relate to the United Nations and will therefore continue regardless of Brexit.
Reed explains: “Whilst Elmhurst Energy believes that the EU has been good for energy efficiency and our sector, the referendum decision was made, and it is now the responsibility of Government to re-establish the economic and political environment, so that businesses can make medium and long-term decisions with confidence.
“I have no doubt that Brexit will impact on EPCs, but I am totally confident that energy assessment and energy certificates are here to stay. Whilst there is likely to be change at the edges, Elmhurst will be doing its part of ensure that it is change for the good.”
While the next two years of negotiations may be turbulent, Elmhurst Energy remains committed to raising people out of fuel poverty and encouraging the Government to continue to recognise that the cheapest form of energy is energy efficiency.