British wool insulation campaign is concerning the UK’s latest home insulation scheme. The new home insulation scheme is part of a bigger £3bn “green investment” plan. It aims at creating thousands of new jobs after the 2020 pandemic. It also focuses on accelerating the UK’s 2050 target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Hence, the British wool insulation campaign demands that the new home insulation scheme make it mandatory for the use of British wool as sustainable materials for insulating homes.
Importance of the British wool insulation campaign:
The British wool insulation campaign actually arises from a crucial issue. The value of British wool has diminished by a large margin in recent years. Several farmers complain that the money they receive for their wool is lesser than what they pay for sheep shearing.
One particular sheep farmer from the UK said he received only 28p per fleece but paid the shearer £1. Thus, it is evident that the income of sheep farmers in the UK lacks way behind. Furthermore, the value of fleece may drop again by half. This only adds up to the misery of sheep farmers and also leads to the wastage of resources.
Hence as a result of a drop in value, thousands of wool fleeces are used in a manure heap, which is a complete waste. Wool fleeces are sustainable, biodegradable, and fire-retardant. Thus, they would make an efficient form of insulation.
To combat the loss of a once valuable resource, the British wool insulation campaign demands the compulsory inclusion of wool as insulating materials.
Here is a list of reasons for the petition:
- To revive wool manufacturing industries
- Insulate buildings with home-grown sustainable product
- To create manufacturing jobs in the country
- To help sheep farmers get a decent income from their wool fleeces
- Maintenance of the upland landscape
- To avoid the wastage of a sustainable resource
Several popular organizations recognize and endorse the British wool insulation campaign such as the British Wool (The British Wool Marketing Board), NFU, NFU Scotland, and NFU Cymru. Other groups that support the campaign include The Campaign for Wool – patron HRH The Prince of Wales, Ulster Farmers Union and National Sheep Association.