Smart Cities

“To meet Net Zero Virtually All Heat in Buildings Will Need to be Decarbonised”

In 2019 the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Alongside plans for sprawling off-shore wind farms and progressive rooftop solar financing initiatives, we have seen building efficiency become a growing presence in UK government strategies over the past two years. This month we see the latest chapter of the UK’s net zero story with the release of the ‘Heat and Buildings Strategy’ by UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industry, Kwasi Kwarteng, presenting his vision for a greener future of strong economic growth and more human-centric buildings. "The strategy sets out the vision for a greener future, which creates hundreds of thousands of green, skilled jobs, drives the leveling up agenda, and generates opportunities for the growth of British businesses. The transition to high-efficiency low-carbon buildings can and must take account of individual, local and regional circumstances. Interventions need […]

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