British Gas steps up insulation efforts as Cert deadline looms

British Gas is offering free insulation to any homeowner that wants it, regardless of energy supplier, in a bid to hit its carbon emissions reduction target (Cert).

Britain’s largest energy supplier is stepping up efforts as the Cert programme draws to a close on 31 December. Suppliers are largely on track to hit their targets, which involve installing energy efficiency measures in homes in order to reduce carbon emissions. However, most are lagging behind in the so-called super priority group – those on low incomes, in receipt of benefits and who would benefit most from more energy efficient homes, and lower bills as a result.

If suppliers fail their obligations, they technically face the prospect of a fine by regulator Ofgem of up to 10 per cent of global turnover. British Gas is therefore offering to pay for loft clearances for vulnerable customers who fall within the super priority group.

British Gas said the free loft and cavity wall insulation offer only applies to homeowners, but those who rent their homes can request a form from British Gas for their landlord to sign. Households must have less than 60mm of existing loft insulation to qualify.

The firm cited government figures that some 9 million lofts and 8 million cavity walls are inadequately insulated.