UK Energy Minister has emphasised the importance of continuing energy efficiency developments if the nation is to hit its climate change targets.

Speaking to the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Friday, she said:

“Although the UK’s efforts are worth celebrating, more needs to be done.”

She added emissions in 2015 were 38% lower than in 1990, despite the UK seeing a 64% growth over the period. Since 2013, 1.6 million UK homes have insulated their roofs and walls, helping billpayers save around £7.6 billion and cutting 27 million tonnes of carbon.

However, not everything has been a success.

The Green Deal, which aimed to allow consumers to pay for energy saving investments through their energy bills, failed due to people not wanting to go through the hassle of installing measures in their homes.

The Energy Minister said:

“It shows that lack of finance is not the only barrier to investment and serious changes are needed in the way people are motivated to go green. “

She went on: “We need to create an energy infrastructure for the UK that is fit for the 21st century. We’re serious about increasing our efficiency.”