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Queen’s Speech "A missed opportunity for built environment"

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the Queen’s Speech, highlighting how “energy efficiency remains on the Government’s blind side.”

In the speech at the State Opening of Parliament, Her Majesty The Queen said that measures will be introduced to increase energy security through a proposed Energy Bill.

The Queen also made reference to climate change and said her Government will “seek effective global collaboration to combat climate change, including at the climate change conference in Paris later this year.”

Yet the Speech, and information on the Energy Bill itself, failed to include any mention of energy efficiency in buildings. 

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “Tackling climate change on the global stage is an absolute necessity and the Government’s renewed commitment is welcome, but we cannot ignore our responsibility to start the fight at home – beginning with our own homes and buildings.

Energy efficiency represents one of the most cost-effective means of reducing our emissions and contributes to the UK’s energy security, yet it remains on the Government’s blind side.

“The Queen’s Speech represents a missed opportunity for Government to set out how it can reduce emissions from our built environment.”

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