Further evidence (if any was necessary) that Prospect’s influence stretches right to the very highest echelons of British political power: following John Beddington’s call in these pages for UK homes to be made more carbon friendly, the government will announce plans this week to give one in four homes a complete eco-makeover.
According to today’s Guardian, the campaign will involve “giving 7m houses and flats a complete refit to improve insulation, and will be compared to the 10-year programme that converted British homes to gas central heating in the 1960s and 1970s. Householders could also be encouraged to install small-scale renewable and low-carbon heating systems such as solar panels and wood-burning boilers.”
Sound familiar? Beddington, the government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, had already outlined in December 2008′s issue of Prospect the importance of adapting our buildings in the fight to lower