Decarbonisation of housing: decarbonising the private housing sector
In setting its priorities for the Sixth Senedd, the Climate Change, Environment, and Infrastructure Committee (‘the Committee’) agreed to undertake a multi-phase inquiry on decarbonisation of housing in Wales.
During the first phase of the Committee’s inquiry into decarbonisation of housing, we heard that, to date, the Welsh Government’s focus has been on decarbonising social housing. While stakeholders agreed it was sensible to begin the programme of retrofit in the social housing sector, they were concerned about the lack of progress made towards developing a plan to decarbonise privately-owned housing.
Building on the evidence already received from stakeholders, the Committee is undertaking a short piece of work focusing on decarbonising the private housing sector (i.e. the private rented and owner-occupied sectors).
The Committee will consider:>>>>
>>>the current approach to decarbonising housing in the private rented and owner occupied sectors in Wales, including the effectiveness of existing programmes and support for retrofit;
>>>the role of sector specific retrofit targets to help drive change;
>>>actions the Welsh Government should take to progress a programme of retrofit for these sectors in the short, medium and long term;
>>>the key challenges of delivering a programme of retrofit within these sectors, including financial, practical and behavioural, and action required from the Welsh Government (and its partners) to overcome them;
>>>how the right balance can be struck between influencing/incentivising home owners and private sector landlords to retrofit their properties and regulating to increase standards to drive progress;
>>>how effective the Welsh Government is influencing decisions on reserved matters to support decarbonisation of these sectors.
The Committee launched a call for written evidence on 04 July 2022. The consultation closed on 22 August 2022. All responses have been published on our consultation page.
The Committee will start taking oral evidence in the autumn term.
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 22/06/2022