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Home Insulation: the first step in reducing carbon emissions

Home Insulation: the first step in reducing carbon emissions

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

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  1. February 9, 2009

    Tim Roberts

    Bettington? I’ll wager £100 you’ve got that wrong…

    • February 10, 2009

      Brian Semple

      You’re right. Thanks for bringing this error to our attention, and apologies for my shoddy spelling!

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Brian Semple is Editorial Assistant at Prospect. After studying at the University of Oxford and City University London, he went onto work for a number of regional newspapers in Ireland before joining Prospect in February. 




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