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UK homes will remain least energy efficient in Europe without government support, says RIBA

RIBA President Muyiwa Oki responds to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's announcement that he plans to scale back key green policies.

22 September 2023

On Wednesday 20 September 2023, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced plans to scale back key green policies. 

In response, RIBA President Muyiwa Oki said:  

“The built environment is the UK’s second highest carbon emitting sector. Despite concerted effort from architects, and our partners across the built environment, yesterday’s announcement signals that the Government has no real intention to lead the charge towards net zero – and it is generations to come who will pay the heavy price.   

Millions of people in the UK are living in draughty, damp homes that are leaking energy and money. This announcement reverses the little policy progress the Government has made in upgrading our ageing and inefficient housing stock. Without consistent government signal, policy and investment, our homes will remain the least efficient in Europe for years and decades to come.  

It’s time for leadership and ambition.” 

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