Policy & Advocacy
We actively engage our members in advocating a progressive message to government, in order to help inform and influence policy. We have developed a strong track record over the years, and have built constructive relationships with ministers and Parliamentarians.
Our plans for 2021-22
Key themes and opportunities which will drive our Policy & Advocacy programme in 2021-22 include:
- Securing a green economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Influencing the Government’s cross-departmental Net Zero Strategy, ‘Build Back Better’ plans and informing the Treasury’s net zero review.
- Working with partners across the sector to deliver a whole-life carbon roadmap.
- New standards for Future Homes and non-domestic buildings
- The Environment Bill, implementing biodiversity net gain and developing climate resilience standards.
- Planning reform and the role of sustainability in the design agenda.
- Supporting ambitious local government action and policy initiatives.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, championing the potential of the construction and property sector to drive a green economic recovery will be a central priority. Given the growing importance of the local context, we will continue to work through our local networks and relevant programmes to support ambitious local authority policy and initiatives across the UK.
As always there will be opportunities for members to get involved via consultation responses, roundtables, workshops, events, joint letters, dinners, webinars and more. Recent examples of our activities include:
- A member webinar with Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith, Minister of State, jointly hosted with the British Conservation Alliance.
- Our public letters on the Green Homes Grant and VAT with leading NGOs and think-tanks.
- Our member workshop with BEIS on clean heat.
- Member workshops on the Future Buildings Standard and Future Homes Standard, to feed into our consultation responses.
- A joint member letter calling for a more-resilient economy and a green recovery.
- A member working group to support Defra and Natural England in the development of a simplified biodiversity net gain metric for small sites and provide case studies.
- Our member roundtable with the Future Homes Taskforce to shape the sector roadmap.
- UKGBC’s whole life carbon working group with Government representatives.
- Parliamentary events and advocacy on key topics.
- Joint advocacy on planning reform with the Joint Vision for Planning coalition
- Workshops and programme engagement with local authorities to support key initiatives and policies.
Briefings and consultation responses:
Our latest policy briefings and consultation responses include:
- Our Green Recovery and the Built Environment Position paper
- Unlocking the Barriers to low carbon heat – an Industry View
- Briefing for local authorities: Green Homes Grants scheme & the relationship with long term retrofit strategy
- Building a market for Greener cities – a briefing paper
- UKGBC response to the Part L/F & Future Homes Standard Consultation
- UKGBC response to the Planning White Paper – “Planning for the Future”
- UKGBC response to the BEIS Consultation on Improving Home Energy Efficiency through Lenders
- UKGBC response to the consultation on Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales
How to get involved:
The best way for members to keep up to date with our latest activity and relevant opportunities is to sign up to receive our monthly Policy and Public Affairs Update.
To sign up to our mailing list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to express an interest in sponsoring an event, our parliamentary engagement or to get involved in our extensive net zero policy work, please contact Jenny Holland.
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