UK property and construction industry calls on government to raise the bar on environmental standards

Monday 26th March 2018

 

 

Over 50 influential business leaders from across the UK construction and property industry have signed an open letter to ministers urging them to introduce policy that will see all new buildings built to net zero carbon standards by 2030.

As a first step towards the 2030 goal, the group calls on the government to swiftly confirm that from 2020, energy performance standards will be significantly improved.   

Coordinated by the UK Green Building Council, the letter asks ministers to give the industry medium and long-term policy certainty, to drive significant investment and catalyse innovation.

The letter is addressed to Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government and Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. It features a large number of notable signatories from across the built environment value chain, REITS and institutional investors, volume housebuilders and property developers, manufacturers, engineers, architects and consultants.

WorldGBC Partners AkzoNobel, Elementa Consulting, JLL, Knauf Insulation, Lendlease, Saint Gobain and United Technologies Corporation are also among the signatories.

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of UKGBC said: “The built environment has a huge part to play in reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. We recognise this, the government’s independent advisors recognise this, and as this letter demonstrates, the industry recognises this.

“We’ve heard a lot from government recently on the environmental agenda, with some impressive commitments in the Clean Growth Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan. Now it’s time for the government to act on those commitments, with the industry’s backing, and put policy in place to turn their low-carbon aspirations into reality.”

The move comes in line with the ambitions of the World Green Building Council’s Advancing Net Zero project, which has set the goal for all new buildings to be net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and all existing buildings by 2050.

 

The UKGBC is a participant of WorldGBC’s Advancing Net Zero project. To find out which other Green Building Councils are involved in the project, click here. To participate in the project, contact Victoria Burrows.

 

 

Over 50 influential business leaders from across the UK construction and property industry have signed an open letter to ministers urging them to introduce policy that will see all new buildings built to net zero carbon standards by 2030.

As a first step towards the 2030 goal, the group calls on the government to swiftly confirm that from 2020, energy performance standards will be significantly improved.   

Coordinated by the UK Green Building Council, the letter asks ministers to give the industry medium and long-term policy certainty, to drive significant investment and catalyse innovation.

The letter is addressed to Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government and Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. It features a large number of notable signatories from across the built environment value chain, REITS and institutional investors, volume housebuilders and property developers, manufacturers, engineers, architects and consultants.

WorldGBC Partners AkzoNobel, Elementa Consulting, JLL, Knauf Insulation, Lendlease, Saint Gobain and United Technologies Corporation are also among the signatories.

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of UKGBC said: “The built environment has a huge part to play in reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. We recognise this, the government’s independent advisors recognise this, and as this letter demonstrates, the industry recognises this.

“We’ve heard a lot from government recently on the environmental agenda, with some impressive commitments in the Clean Growth Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan. Now it’s time for the government to act on those commitments, with the industry’s backing, and put policy in place to turn their low-carbon aspirations into reality.”

The move comes in line with the ambitions of the World Green Building Council’s Advancing Net Zero project, which has set the goal for all new buildings to be net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and all existing buildings by 2050.

 

The UKGBC is a participant of WorldGBC’s Advancing Net Zero project. To find out which other Green Building Councils are involved in the project, click here. To participate in the project, contact Victoria Burrows.