Roadmap to saving energy is revealed
renewables: The Green Construction Board (GCB), a joint government-industry group, has called for urgent action to reduce carbon emissions as it publishes a new plan for the sector to meet national carbon reduction targets.
The Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment was launched by former Government chief construction adviser Paul Morrell at Ecobuild who has led the development of the Routemap.
The Routemap sets out what is required from the construction industry to achieve its UK Government target of an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
Key findings include:
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Meeting the 80 per cent reduction target for construction is technically possible, but very challenging.
Success is dependant on improving the economic viability of technical solutions and addressing market failures.
Taking responsibility for carbon reduction at an industry level is essential.
The drive to 80 per cent carbon reduction represents an economic opportunity, particularly in retrofitting domestic buildings.
GCB co-chairman and business minister Michael Fallon said: "This Routemap will help shape our Industrial Strategy for construction as we plan for the long term.
"It's a valuable contribution to our continuing work with industry and shows that even closer collaboration is required in the future if we want to get closer to achieving our objective.
"While the Routemap shows that the 80 per cent carbon reduction target is a very challenging one, we must not lose sight of the overall objective which is to minimise carbon emissions."