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NFU backs ‘much-needed’ wool insulation campaign

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.

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NFU’s support for the ‘much-needed’ wool insulation campaign

The petition aims at creating a new market for the British Wool, and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is supporting the petition in all possible ways.

Several farmers are now using wool fleeces as manures as they don’t make a decent income out of it. Thus, the petition calls for the new home insulation scheme to incorporate British wool as a primary insulation material. This way, sheep farmers in the UK will have a better market for selling their products and hopefully get a valuable return.

Additionally, it will also stop the wastage of a valuable and sustainable resource. And this will further lead to the generation of more manufacturing jobs in the country.

The NFU is welcoming and supporting this campaign with open arms. Richard Findlay, the National Farmers’ Union’s livestock board chairman, stated that the British wool insulation campaign was “much-needed” in the current situation.

In support to the campaign, Findlay said,

“We are pleased to support this much-needed campaign to find new and alternative uses for British wool. It is a natural, sustainable product and is suitable for a range of uses from carpets, textiles and clothing as well as housing insulation.”

“At a time when we’re all concerned about our own impact on the environment and when the country is working towards a net zero economy, it makes absolute sense that the government does all it can to encourage the building trade to use a natural product like wool rather than using man-made products.”

Conclusion

The British wool insulation campaign targets at putting an end to the wastage and of the British wool.

Sheep farmers are also worried that after the Brexit transition period, they’ll face further financial problems by possible tariffs on sheep meat of up to 40% and even more.

Campaigners state that the incomes of sheep farmers in the UK are dropping at every point. Hence, the British wool insulation campaign becomes a “much-needed” campaign to support local farmers.

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