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Industry urges government to push ahead with zero carbon non-domestic buildings

Balfour Beatty and Carillion are among industry giants who have signed an open letter to communities minister Stephen Williams calling for clearer policy from the government on zero carbon non-domestic buildings.

Twenty one industry heads have signed an open letter to communities minister Stephen Williams [see attached file], which said there was a “strong economic case” for government to develop a policy framework for zero carbon in the non-domestic sector.

It said: “The industry stands ready to invest in innovation to meet higher standards, but the lack of a clear policy framework means that current efforts are fragmented and disparate.”

Signatories included: Balfour Beatty chief executive Nick Pollard; Carillion chief executive Richard Howson; and Lafarge Tarmac chief executive Cyrille Ragoucy.

The letter was published in support of a report published today by a UK-GBC task group [see attached file], which stressed that the government must push ahead with plans to ensure all new non domestic buildings are built to zero carbon standards from 2019.

UK-GBC chief executive Paul King, said: “The business benefits of zero carbon non domestic buildings are huge, boosting innovation that could help to create export opportunities in excess of £1bn by 2050.”

British Land sustainable developments executive Sarah Cary, who chaired the task group, said: “With 2019 fast approaching, industry desperately needs clarity on an ambitious definition of zero carbon and a roadmap detailing how we’ll get there.”

The report made 10 government recommendations.

These included:

  1. Government should restate its firm commitment to zero carbon non-domestic buildings from 2019 immediately.
  2. The department for energy and climate change, the department for business, innovation and skills and the department for communities and local government should work with industry over the next year to create a ‘roadmap’ to 2019 and beyond – setting out the limitations of the zero carbon standard and enabling industry to invest in innovation and skills.
  3. Industry and government should work together to form a Zero Carbon Non-Domestic Buildings Hub to finalise the definition of zero carbon, and encourage its implementation.

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