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Low heat pump uptake slowing progress on greener homes – Friends of the Earth reaction

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Commenting on today’s report from the National Audit Office, warning that the low uptake of heat pumps is slowing progress on decarbonising home heating, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said:

​“Yet again the speed and scale of government action to decarbonise our economy is falling far short of what’s required.

​“Switching our homes to heat pumps powered by our abundant renewable energy resources will cut fuel bills, boost energy independence and help the UK to play its part in confronting the climate crisis that is already battering the planet with more extreme floods, droughts, and wildfires.

“Ministers are also failing to adequately insulate the UK’s heat-leaking housing stock. Retrofit rates have plummeted over the last 10 years, despite the fact that millions of people are shivering through winter in homes they can’t afford to heat. ​

 “Investment in decarbonising Britain’s homes should be a top political priority that will pay dividends in reduced bills, better health and more jobs. Failure to deliver will cost the UK dearly.”


​For more information and interview requests contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649 or email


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