Armstrong encourages homeowners and private landlords to prepare to move to net zero

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said homeowners and private landlords must play their part in helping us reach net zero by 2050.

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She was speaking as she co-hosted the launch of the Future Homes in Northern Ireland report by charity Electrical Safety First. The report outlines how the move to net zero will bring fundamental changes to our homes and energy use, and offers recommendations on how to help achieve it.

“Today’s report says if we are to reach net zero by 2050, Northern Ireland must prioritise electrifying its carbon-intensive sectors, specifically heating and transport,” said Ms Armstrong.

“This requires a range of new technologies, creating a web of interconnected challenges and hazards, which is aggravated by having some of the oldest housing stock in Europe. Yet in our increasingly electric world, electrical safety is still not given the attention it deserves

In the Future Homes report, the charity uncovers the key risks that accompany our ever-expanding use of electricity and emerging home technologies. It presents the potential dangers faced by individuals and families, highlighting the critical importance of a smooth and safe transition to net zero.

With over 60 per cent of Northern Ireland’s homes older properties with outdated electrical installations, homeowners and private landlords must play their part in the transition to low carbon emission.”