UK To Miss Carbon Targets
26/06/2009

UK to miss carbon targets in the building sector by 1 billion tonnes by 2030 - equivalent to 25 years of UK aviation emissions.

Energy Efficiency industries are coming together on an invitation from Lord Rupert Redesdale, who is the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group. They will be presenting information to highlight the need for much stronger policy in order to achieve the government’s Climate Change targets. The meeting called The Domestic Carbon Time bomb is taking place on Monday 29th at 2.00pm in the Committee Room 14, House of Commons.

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Carbon from the built environment is responsible for approximately a third of carbon emitted in Britain. Programmes to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings must be fast tracked if government wants to achieve the low carbon economic recovery it claims to support. The industries are also driving for the better use of the EPCs to help achieve more improvement to homes. Measures such as making it impossible to rent a house or flat that are not as energy efficient as they could be, indicated by the energy performance certificate, and should be introduced as a matter of urgency in both the business and private sector.

The group will also argue that a holistic approach to the refurbishment of the housing stock needs to be introduced as quickly as possible. As each year passes and the policies do not get off the ground then this will add millions of tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere and increase the rate of climate change.

It is a frightening fact that by 2030 the amount of carbon that needs to be saved will certainly not happen under the current system. Lord Redesdale said: “A billion tonnes will have failed to be saved from domestic carbon emissions and this is equivalent to the CO2 pollution from Britain’s aviation sector over the next twenty five years. We can either heat our homes and have hot baths, or fly but not both. There really does need to be much tougher policies on reducing carbon emissions from the homes.”

Each of the energy efficiency industries will present actions that need to be taken and a website www.G2Action.org will be launched at the meeting.

Notes for Editors:

The APPCCG’s aim is to deliver material and meaningful progress on climate change by creating an arena in which interested and relevant parties are able to discuss and formulate policy options and promote those that offer the greatest promise.  The APPCCG works closely with businesses and civil society to integrate scientific, business, and government approaches to tackling climate change.

The G2Action website has been developed with the support of the heating, insulation, glazing and lighting industries to provide information on how to improve the Energy Efficiency of Homes.

There is a great deal of confusing and sometimes conflicting information about what should be done and what is the best thing to do? What will save the most money? And what is the pay-back?

The fact is that all homes will need to be fully insulated, have the most efficient heating and hot water systems and controls, have efficient windows and low energy lighting. It is not about why or how it is about when and that is now!



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