UK-GBC Responds to Committee on Climate Change 2017 Report to Parliament

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today responded to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2017 Report to Parliament.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UK-GBC said:

“The CCC’s report highlights the importance of action from Government in tackling emissions and allowing businesses to grasp the opportunities of a low carbon economy. Government must maintain the UK’s position as a leader on tackling climate change by closing the current policy gap.

 “With emissions from the UK’s building stock rising, we urgently need effective policies and a clear long-term strategy in place to reignite investment in low carbon buildings. Energy efficiency must sit at the heart of the Emissions Reduction Plan, the National Infrastructure Assessment and the Industrial Strategy to fully realise its potential to drive jobs, growth and productivity.

“At the same time, progress needs to be made in making our towns and cities more resilient to the inevitable effects of climate change. The threats posed by issues such as flooding and overheating are increasing. This needs to be addressed with robust regulations which drive innovation in areas including sustainable drainage and smart design. Only by tackling mitigation and adaptation together, can we hope to deliver a resilient built environment that’s fit for the future.”


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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: 29/06/2017