Call for radical action on buildings' emissions

Making buildings more energy-efficient could be one of the biggest and most cost-effective ways of slashing carbon emissions in the next few years, the UK Green Building Council has said

Making buildings more energy-efficient could be one of the biggest and most cost-effective ways of slashing carbon emissions in the next few years, the UK Green Building Council has said

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The organisation is calling for carbon savings from buildings to be included in a new deal on climate change which negotiators aim to thrash out in December in Copenhagen.

 

The UK-GBC said the previous treaty on cutting emissions, the Kyoto Protocol, had acknowledged the contribution of transport, energy generation and deforestation to climate change - but the impact of buildings had been the "poor relation" until now.

 

The council's chief executive Paul King, speaking ahead of a House of Commons reception today launching a campaign for radical action on emissions from buildings, said buildings should be given higher profile in a new climate deal.

 

"There is no bigger, more cost-effective option for achieving the global cuts in carbon emissions than our buildings over the next few years," he said. "Inclusion of buildings within the Copenhagen agreement would encourage the setting of ambitious targets for carbon reductions for the building sector and create the framework within which industry is incentivised to make those dramatic cuts."

 

In the UK, where buildings are responsible for around half the country's total carbon emissions, the Government has set targets for new homes to be "zero-carbon" in the coming years, he said.

 

But more needs to be done to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from existing buildings, most of which will still be standing in 2050 when the UK's emissions have to be 80% below 1990 levels.

 

The green building industry is launching a call to action, timed to coincide with meetings of world leaders in the US this week to discuss climate change, demanding support for reductions in emissions from buildings.

 

The campaign, launched on World Green Building Day, calls for a new climate treaty to include measures to monitor emissions reductions from buildings and support investment in energy-efficiency improvements.

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