Charity’s vision to make every UK home carbon-free

An ambitious charity with a mission to decarbonise homes, heat and energy is today launching its bold new brand and a vision to make every UK home carbon-free.  

The MCS Foundation was founded by the UK Government as MCS Charitable Foundation in 2018, to oversee the standards scheme that certifies the quality of renewable energy in UK homes. Today, as the charity launches its new brand, it is aiming to accelerate the pace of action in the face of the ever-more-urgent climate emergency. 

Nearly a fifth of the UK’s carbon emissions come from our 29 million homes. In order to meet net zero targets, the UK will need to retrofit two homes every single minute for the next thirty years. The scale of this challenge is enormous, and there needs to be a catalyst to scale up existing activity on retrofitting housing – installing renewable energy and improving energy efficiency – if we are to meet the demands of that challenge. 

The MCS Foundation is stepping up its role as a catalyst and convenor for the retrofit sector. The charity is developing action-oriented programmes to retrofit buildings at scale, to expand the skills base that the retrofit sector needs (over 100,000 workers will be needed in the solar and heat pump industries alone in the next decade), and to commission robust, independent research that can inform better decision-making to help achieve a carbon-free future.  

Among the key factors that The MCS Foundation sees as critical to catalysing change are Government legislation requiring all new homes to have solar panels, heat pumps and battery storage built in; action to reduce the price of electricity, thus incentivising heat pump uptake while cutting bills for households; new green finance products that could unlock households’ ability to retrofit their own homes; and clear, accessible and accurate advice on how homeowners can decarbonise their house and save money on their bills.  

The MCS Foundation is working with partners across the UK and devolved governments, local councils, research institutes and industry to achieve these goals, and under its new brand will step up its activity to drive positive change.  

David Cowdrey, Director of External Affairs at The MCS Foundation, said “We are hugely excited to be launching our new brand as we step up towards our vision of making every UK home carbon-free.  

“The next few years are absolutely crucial in the mission of decarbonising homes, heat and energy as we face up to the climate emergency and work to ensure all homes are warm and efficient. The scale of that challenge requires ambition, determination, and collaboration. Working with partners across the retrofit sector and Government, The MCS Foundation is ready to take on that challenge, as we catalyse change and bring evidence-based ideas to drive a positive, carbon-free future for all UK homes.”  

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Notes to editors 

About the MCS Foundation 

The MCS Foundation’s mission is to decarbonise homes, heat and energy. We were founded to oversee the MCS standards scheme which is run for public benefit and certifies the quality of renewables and their installation across UK homes. In addition, we support and develop programmes to address critical issues like retrofitting UK homes at scale, expanding the skills-base the sector needs, and commissioning independent research that informs and shapes better decision making to drive a carbon free future for all UK homes. For more information:     

Lucy Galvin

Lucy Galvin

Mobile; 07954 428437

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Jamie Osborn

Jamie Osborn

Mobile; 07975 881585

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