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RIBA responds to Labour U-turn on green pledge

RIBA President Muyiwa Oki responds to the announcement, saying we need a National Retrofit Strategy to futureproof UK homes.

09 February 2024

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the UK Labour Party’s announcement on Thursday 8 February 2024, that it will no longer spend £28bn a year on environmental projects if it wins the upcoming general election.  

 RIBA President Muyiwa Oki said: 

“With the climate emergency intensifying, 19 million UK homes are still in dire need of upgrading. Ambitious and sustained investment from whomever forms the next Government, and the private sector, will be critical to address the scale of this challenge.  

And there’s a solution. We must futureproof homes with a well-funded National Retrofit Strategy - a long-term plan that will also create jobs, boost green skills and level up the country.  

Act now, or future generations will pay the price. As ever, we stand ready to contribute to creating a more sustainable and resilient built environment - to making the future a better place.” 

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  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates. 

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