UK-GBC reacts to publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today reacted to the publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UK-GBC said:

“Many of the laws that require the UK to improve building standards and retrofit existing buildings are derived from the EU.  We therefore welcome the Government’s intention to use the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to bring over the whole body of EU law into domestic legislation.

“However, we are concerned that the Bill gives the Government wide powers to amend these laws subsequently through secondary legislation – meaning that there won’t be proper Parliamentary scrutiny.  We also need better guarantees that EU-derived laws will be properly implemented and enforced post-Brexit.

“That’s why we will be working with other organisations to bring forward amendments to the Bill to ensure that key laws are not watered down or inadequately enforced once we leave the EU.”


Note to Editors:

Examples of EU-derived laws requiring the UK to improve building standards and retrofit existing buildings include:

  1. EU Climate & Energy Package 2007, which set binding 2020 targets for a 20cut in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels), 20% of EU energy for renewables and a 20% improvement in energy efficiency.
  2. Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (recast) 2010, which required energy performance certificates (EPCs) to be produced on the sale, rent or construction of a building; and required display energy certificates to be produced and displayed in large public buildings.
  3. Energy Efficiency Directive 2012, which required member states to set and report every 3 years on indicative energy efficiency targets; and required 3% of the total floor space of public buildings to be renovated each year.


About UK-GBC

UK-GBC is an industry-led network with a mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment.

A charity with over 400 member organisations spanning the entire value chain, we represent the voice of the industry’s current and future leaders who are striving for transformational change.

We inspire, challenge and empower our members, helping them to identify and adopt the most sustainable, viable solutions.

We also engage our members in advocating a progressive message to government, informing and influencing policy.

Published: 13/07/2017

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