Property industry calls for low carbon commitment

Property industry calls for low carbon commitment

Major organisations representing the construction industry say Brexit must not result in any watering down of decarbonisation targets

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With nearly 30 per cent of CO2 emissions coming from the built environment, it's vital the construction industry meets decarbonisation targets.

The UK's leading organisations representing the construction and property industry are calling on their members to maintain their efforts to cut carbon emissions - particularly in the light of Brexit, which could see Britain free itself from obligations to meet EU decarbonisation targets.

The built environment - houses, offices, factories - accounts for 27 per cent of the UK's CO2 emissions. However, there is a lot the industry can do to achieve buildings that while not zero carbon, do have a far smaller carbon footprint than those of buildings put up in the last century.

Eighteen organisations led by the UK Green Building Council and the British Property Federation, Royal Institutution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS and RIBA have signed an open statement to the industry which highlights growth opportunities offered by the transition to low carbon. 

It says 'a low carbon built-environment can be a catalyst for innovation, investment and job creation. It can drive productivity and economic growth and provide a platform for exporting British experitse, engineering and technology to a global market.'

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the Green Building Council, says everyone in the sector needs to focus on the benefits of low carbon construction: 'We need to minimise future risk, reduce costs and generate new commercial opportunities. Low carbon buildings and infrastructure will deliver these outcomes.

'The businesses represented in our collective memberships span all aspects of the property and construction industry. It's this unprecedented scale of collaboration that's required to achieve a low carbon sustainable built environment and take the message to government that this is as good for UK PLC as it is for our GDP.'

And Melanie Leech of the British Property Federation urges the Government to make low carbon integral to its industrial strategy: 'Reducing energy consumption and increasing the energy efficiency of both new and existing building stock is a vital component not only of our contribution to international treaties, but to increasing economic productivity and ensuring future energy security.'

 

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