Ensuring Energy Efficiency becomes a UK Infrastructure Priority

Culmer Raphael helped to found, develop and run the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG), to raise the profile of energy efficiency policy and help players from a diverse range of sectors speak with one voice on the issue in the UK. 

Since its foundation in 2017, The EEIG has helped underline the importance of investing in energy efficiency policy as the first and most cost-effective step for the UK to reach its net zero climate targets as well as an essential part of the UK’s infrastructure needs for the future.

The EEIG published its first report with Frontier Economics in September 2017. Many of its recommendations were taken up in the UK government’s subsequent government Clean Growth Strategy. The EEIG also successfully campaigned for the National Infrastructure Commission to include energy efficiency in its first National Infrastructure Assessment and for an inquiry on energy efficiency to be held by the House of Commons BEIS select committee.

EEIG’s work also played a large part in convincing the UK government to make its biggest single financial commitment on climate action with the Conservative manifesto pledging £9.2bn in November 2019 and the launch of the multi-billion Green Homes Grant by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, in July 2020.