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RIBA responds to Net Zero report by Committee on Climate Change

02 May 2019

RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire, said:

We welcome today's Net Zero report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and fully agree with its assessment that the UK Government will not meet zero emissions targets without a radical step-change in its environmental policies. Given the built environment is responsible for a significant percentage of the UK’s total carbon footprint, we need to be ambitious to reduce the emissions created by all buildings. Developing a strategy for large scale retrofit of existing homes, tackling the low-carbon skills gap, and ensuring new homes generate no net carbon emissions is critical. It has been ten years since the Climate Change Act was introduced. The planet cannot afford to wait another decade.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. For further press information contact Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org +44 (0) 20 7580 3811

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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