23 March 2021
Green win: a plan for retrofitting homes for people and planet
Last week Norwich Green Party councillors Jamie Osborn and Paul Neale proposed the following motion to the city council, setting out a proposal to retrofit housing to address fuel poverty while also reducing carbon emissions and providing thousands of local jobs. We were delighted that the motion passed, with some Labour amendments. Green councillors will now continue to work to ensure that this aspiration becomes reality.
The original motion is as follows:
Proposer - Councillor Osborn
Seconder - Councillor Neale
Many homes in Norwich were built before the introduction of energy performance or buildings regulations and, sadly, thousands of excess winter deaths are likely to be caused by poorly heated homes each year in the UK. [1,2] Emissions from residential buildings form the largest share of Norwich's total scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. [3,4]
This council RESOLVES to ask cabinet to: