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U.K. Faces Funding Gap on Greener Homes, Charity Warns

  • National Energy Action report calls for decarbonization grants
  • 80% of British residents support more action on fuel poverty
A terrace of residential houses in the Notting Hill district of London.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British households are facing a multibillion-pound funding gap to fix poorly-heated properties, which could imperil government goals on carbon reduction, according to a report published Tuesday by the National Energy Action charity.

With about 40% of U.K. emissions coming from the built environment, the least wealthy households are struggling to ditch high-carbon fuels such as coal and improve insulation, according to the charity, which campaigns on fuel poverty.