The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers has welcomed the Climate Change Committee’s report on a net carbon budget plan for the UK and urges for the next step to be a clear plan on helping to create net-zero buildings.
In a statement, the international professional engineering association says the plan published last week is “hugely useful and [it is] welcome to see not only the first carbon budget for a net-zero carbon UK, but also a route map to deliver it, and at lower overall GDP costs than previously estimated”.
The CIBSE statement adds that the CCC's work “provides a comprehensive and thorough review of scenarios, options, and recommendations for a just transition, which make it clear how government, industry and society should respond”.
The CCC recommendations for the building sector "very much align with what CIBSE has been advocating", says the body. This includes the essential task of reducing demand and energy efficiency, combined with electrification and building the supply chain for low-carbon heat. Hydrogen cannot currently be relied on to play a significant role, nor reduce the need for all of these.
It adds that "the next steps are clear" and should be about "turning this route map into a regulatory framework for safe, healthy, and comfortable net-zero carbon buildings".
The statement concludes: "We very much support Lord Deben's priority to ask the prime minister to get on with the change in efficiency and heating; there are too many people in cold homes, and this transition will also be the largest creator of jobs."