The UK’s transition to high-efficiency low carbon buildings

Published immediately prior to the UK’s Net Zero Strategy, the Heat and Buildings Strategy sets out the government’s plan to significantly cut carbon emissions from the UK’s 30 million homes and workplaces in ‘a simple, low-cost and green way’.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy, published on 19 October, builds on the commitments made in the  2018 Clean Growth: Transforming Heating review, the Energy White Paper and 10 Point Plan. It aims to set out the strategic decisions that need to be taken in the coming decades in order to reach net zero by 2050. Like the transition to electric vehicles, decarbonising residential, commercial, industrial and public sector buildings will be a gradual transition, which will start by incentivising consumers and driving down costs.  Gradual as it may be, it is no mean feat: heating these buildings contributes to almost a quarter of all UK emissions.

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UK Government launches highly anticipated Net Zero Strategy 

As the host of the fast-approaching COP26 climate conference, the UK government needed to demonstrate real leadership and commitment to tackling climate change. The question is, did Boris Johnson and Kwasi Kwarteng step up to the proverbial plate with the launch of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy? 

The Strategy integrates and builds on the 10 Point Plan, the energy white paper and a number of other recently published strategies, outlining what is needed to deliver a net zero future.

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