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🗞️ Driving the news: The intended imposition of energy efficiency targets for landlords in England and Wales, originally to be enforced by April 2025, has been officially abolished by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, causing a wave of uncertainty and resulting in a reported reduction in rental property investments

🔭 The context: The regulations would have mandated that rental properties meet specified energy efficiency ratings, enforceable by financial penalties for non-compliance
• The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) stated that the indecisiveness surrounding these regulations has prompted landlords to hesitate in their investment strategies regarding rental properties

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The withdrawal of these energy efficiency obligations implies a potential setback in national environmental conservation efforts
• It hinders the progress towards a sustainable housing environment and could result in increased energy consumption and higher energy bills for renters, due to the lack of insulation and energy-efficient amenities in rental homes

⏭️ What's next: The government's retraction of planned regulations will require a new approach to foster energy-efficient improvements in the rental market, with the future dynamics of this market and such improvements depending on the government’s commitments

💬 One quote: “We'll never force anyone to rip out their existing boiler and replace it with a heat pump" (Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the UK)

📈 One stat: In 2020, data revealed that over 12 million homes had an EPC rating of D or below, highlighting the pressing need for substantial improvements in energy efficiency across residential dwellings in England and Wales

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