The government must do more to make home offices energy efficient, according to those in the industry.
Andrew Mawson, director of global consultancy, Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) said the changing way of working must factor into the new announcements expected in chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Budget statement on Wednesday.
Mawson said: “With a target of reducing emissions by 43% by 2030, the government needs to look at the way we work as a way of reducing carbon. We would propose two immediate actions. According to our own research covering workplaces employing over 100,000 people in Britain, office workers are working from home an average of 3.5 days a week. Therefore, the government needs to do more to help people make their homes – and home offices – more energy efficient through greater incentives for insulation and green energy.
“Secondly, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, nearly two-fifths of all carbon comes from new construction. The chancellor should incentivise developers into retrofitting our current building stock to make it more sustainable and environmentally effective and encourage them to recondition the secondary market space and place more stringent controls on constructing new buildings.”
Meanwhile, Steve McGregor, group managing director of DMA Group, a property maintenance specialist serving hotels and hospitality, education, public sector, and super-prime properties called for more long-term thinking.
He said: “If we're sensibly and realistically going to create a better tomorrow for everyone then we need to address our exceptional prevailing issues as well as our longer-term opportunities in equal measure. The fundamentals for our sustained future growth must pull all the short- and long-term levers necessary to address the needs of our technology, life sciences, and climate sectors sufficiently to capitalise on our national and international opportunities. This will make us one of the most vibrant, competitive, and attractive economies to do business in throughout the world.”
Trade body UKHospitality also collaborated with the bosses of 155 hospitality businesses to have them sign an open letter urging the chancellor to take immediate action at the Budget to “unshackle” the sector and “unleash the potential” of hospitality.
The letter was signed by the entire spectrum of hospitality providers in the UK, with signatories ranging from leading brands to single-site operators of local pubs and leisure parks. The letter warns that ongoing inflation and debt pressures are holding the sector back from delivering economic growth and that, without action, there could be further business failures and job losses.