Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC said:

“Today’s announcement should prove to be the starting gun on the race to net zero carbon in the UK. By requesting advice on limiting temperature rises to 1.5°C, the Government has signalled its intention to raise the ambitions of climate action and secure the UK’s position as an international leader on cutting emissions. If the Committee on Climate Change follow the lead of last week’s IPCC report, it seems likely that we could soon see a new Climate Change Act with a UK-wide target to achieve net zero emissions ahead of 2050.

“While Government leadership is vital, we all have a role to play in achieving a net zero economy. This will have far-reaching impacts for businesses, organisations and local authorities that have previously set their own targets in line with a 2°C limit. UKGBC will be leading action in the UK’s property and construction industry under a new Advancing Net Zero programme launching later this week, which aims to drive the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.”

The letter to the CCC asking for advice following the IPCC special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5°C is available here.