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The future must be different

SEA responds to Committee on Climate Change Net Zero Report

The future must be different

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) today welcomes the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s report which sets of an ambitious but necessary target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The SEA agrees with the Committee that reaching this target is achievable and technically feasible with known technologies and that it will bring improvements to people’s lives and a boost to the economy.

Lesley Rudd, SEA Chief Executive commented:

“The report published today highlights the urgency of tackling the UK’s emissions. Addressing our building stock is an essential part of meeting the recommended target. An overhaul of the approach to low-carbon heating and energy efficiency is needed which will require a co-ordinated and integrated approach across government departments.

“We welcome the recommendation that energy efficiency should be a national infrastructure priority – something that we have long advocated. We also support the call for a clear trajectory of standards for all properties which includes increases to thermal performance, the phase out of high carbon fossil fuels and improvements to the efficiency of heating systems. Bringing all homes up to EPC band C by 2035 at the latest will be essential if we are to achieve net zero.

“To meet the target, all new heating system installations will need to be low carbon by 2035 which means that the Government’s Heat Roadmap needs to signal a change in approach well in advance to drive early deployment of low carbon heat. This includes implementation of the Future Homes Standard by 2025 and addressing the funding gap for low carbon heat deployment with a supportive policy framework.

“It is crucial that we take advantage of key trigger points to encourage uptake of energy efficiency and low carbon heating and that policy drivers encourage this. A ‘whole house’ approach is required if we are to improve the quality of our buildings and meet the target.

”Whilst the recommendations announced today by the Committee are warmly welcomed, there is now a need for urgent action. The SEA looks forward to working with Government policy teams to develop and support the implementation of the recommendations within this report. The time for action is now.”


Notes to Editors

The Committee on Climate Change Report ‘Net Zero : the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming is available here  

The Sustainable Energy Association is a member based industry body that in a world of finite resources, exists to help create living and working spaces fit for future generations.

We are industry leaders in energy in buildings. We are technology agnostic and provide objective, evidence-based policy positions which help shape how we think about, generate and use energy. We are constructive, collaborative and committed to achieving our vision, by ensuring that buildings are energy efficient, low carbon and warm.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2019