Today’s Clean Growth Strategy is a very positive signal that the Government understand the significant opportunities for the UK that moving to a low carbon economy can bring. They have listened to the industry by providing a clearer longer-term trajectory for improving the energy efficiency standards of existing homes, and adopted our own aspiration for upgrading as many of these as possible to EPC Band C by 2035.

We also strongly welcome the intentions to raise energy standards for commercial buildings and all new developments, and we support the creation of green mortgages.

What businesses need to see now is the Government living up to this rhetoric with strong policies which turn the aspirations into reality. We hope this Strategy represents a step-change in ambition in tackling climate change and our members stand ready to work closely with government to deliver on its promises and build a low carbon economy.

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