Water coalition calls on government to make homes both water- and energy-efficient to tackle the climate emergency

Posted: Wednesday 12th August 2020

The steering group for the UK Water Efficiency Strategy and the independent water efficiency campaigning organisation Waterwise have joined forces to urge the Energy Secretary, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, to include water efficiency measures that save energy in the government’s new Green Homes Grants retrofit scheme.

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Daniel Johns, chair of the steering group for the UK Water Efficiency Strategy said:

‘Heating water for showers and hot taps accounts for eight times more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire water industry. Alongside the water industry’s commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2030, we need help from the government to tackle emissions from water use in the home. Including water-efficient taps and showers in the Green Homes Grants and other retrofit schemes would be a simple step to help households save water, save energy, and save money.’

Nicci Russell, Managing Director of Waterwise said:

‘The Environment Agency, the National Infrastructure Commission and the Committee on Climate Change are all warning us about the very real danger of the UK running out of water - and we’re already seeing challenges right across the UK. We all have a part to play in making the water we have go round - for people, for farming and industry, and for the environment. That includes water companies but also government, regulators and all of us as customers.

‘Heating water in the home uses massive amounts of energy, second only to home heating. So it makes no sense at all to exclude water efficiency measures from the Green Homes Grants. We’re also calling on the government to bring in a mandatory water labelling scheme for taps, showers, dishwashers and washing machines so that customers can save money by buying more water- and energy-efficient products. Evidence shows this to be the single most cost-effective thing the government could do to save water, together with making sure new homes are built to be more water efficient. A labelling scheme could knock 30 litres off the current daily average use of 142[DJ1] litres per person, helping to leave more water in the environment for nature. We all need to play our part, because #WatersWorthSaving.’

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