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The Net Zero Playbook: Decarbonizing UK Government Buildings

In 2008, the UK passed the Climate Change Act, beginning a long-term commitment to cut national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050, and agree progressive ‘carbon budgets’ to drive progress toward this target. In 2019, this was amended to require the UK to bring all GHG emissions to Net Zero (NZ) by 2050. This commitment is widely known as Net Zero Carbon 2050. In the interim, the 5th Carbon Budget (2028 to 2032) requires emissions to be reduced by 57% by 2030 compared to 1990, and the 6th carbon Budget requires emissions to be reduced by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990.  For the UK, the commitments defined above and the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution outline how the UK will transition onto the NZ path. As the built environment contributes up to 42% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, the efficient management and decarbonization of property […]

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