Section: Sustainability & Eco Housing

New report confirms that net zero is achievable for the built environment sector by 2050 but only with urgent government action

Posted 15.11.21
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC): Further reading

UKGBC has launched its first ever UK Roadmap for achieving Net Zero carbon built environment by 2050.

Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for the UK Built Environment (The Roadmap) details the necessary actions government and industry must take to achieve net zero across the sector.

The built environment is directly responsible for 25% of the total UK carbon footprint and it has a critical role to play in the national transition to Net Zero.

Co-created by industry - with over 100 organisations contributing - the Roadmap provides a shared vision and set of actions for achieving a Net Zero UK built environment by 2050, in relation to construction, operation and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

The Roadmap quantifies, for the first time, the specific emission reductions across sub-sectors of the built environment that will need to take place year-on-year to meet the 2050 deadline.

The analysis includes not only domestic emissions, but emissions related to the consumption of imported construction products and materials.

The Roadmap establishes a net zero emissions budget and trajectory to 2050, consistent with wider UK carbon targets and budgets as set-out by the Climate Change Committee, enabling government and the UK built environment to benchmark progress over the coming years and decades.

The above link provides access to the full report.

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New research finds over two-thirds of Scotland's housing associations using sustainable construction methods

Posted 12.11.21
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA): Further reading

A new survey released by the SFHA has found that its members are working to tackle climate change by using sustainable and highly energy efficient methods to build homes.

The survey found that, of those respondents currently building homes, nearly 70% are using highly energy efficient and sustainable methods - such as developing to the Scottish Government's Greener Standard, or to the Passivhaus Standard, or using off-site construction.

Around three quarters of those who responded are also involved in wider climate change and sustainability projects in their local communities - including renewable energy projects, local food initiatives, tree planting schemes, providing bike storage and electric vehicle charging facilities, community car clubs and climate education projects in local schools.

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