John Alker, Director of Policy & Places, UKGBC, said:

“It is time for the Government to wake up on climate action. Having loudly trumpeted the UK’s global leadership credentials in setting a net zero target, today’s report has laid bare the scale of the challenge and how far we are currently falling short. The cost effective mitigation potential from the built environment is huge, but for yet another year emissions from buildings barely changed.

“Businesses are starting to wake up to the realities of achieving net zero and are crying out for clarity on the future policy framework. The Government has clear opportunities this year to unleash waves of investment and innovation in low carbon: the review of Building Regulations must set out a pathway to achieving genuinely net zero carbon buildings and the Spending Review should allocate major public investment into a national infrastructure programme to improve energy efficiency. Without urgent policy action, there is a risk that the net zero target starts losing credibility before we’ve even started.”


Notes to editors

The Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Progress in preparing for climate change – 2019 Progress Report to Parliament’ is available here.