The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today responded to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2018 Progress Report to Parliament.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC said:

“The CCC’s report highlights another worrying increase in emissions from buildings over the last year. Eight months after the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy was published, the Committee is also right to point to a lack of concrete policies to deliver the emissions reductions in buildings that the Strategy promised.  This must be urgently remedied.

UKGBC is calling on the Government to set out a pathway to make all new buildings genuinely net-zero carbon by 2030; to put in place effective incentives for home energy efficiency, particularly for able-to-pay homeowners; and to introduce incentives and mandatory operational energy ratings to drive business energy efficiency.

The CCC highlights how clear goals and well-designed policies have delivered huge emissions reductions in the power sector. The Government must now demonstrate equal determination to drive down emissions from buildings – the most cost-effective way of tackling climate change. Clear and consistent policy will not just be good for the environment – it will spur much-needed investment and innovation in the construction and property industry.”