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Is the Government’s target of net zero carbon by 2050 ambitious enough?

Thursday 30th April 2020


Just a few weeks prior to lockdown, I attended Futurebuild 2020. This was a forum for coming together of the construction industry to discuss fundamental reform how the industry can contribute to achieve this net zero carbon target.

In the 3 day event, vast list of topics were discussed by industry experts, innovators, and environmentalists;

. Future Homes Standard that will revise parts L (conservation of fuel and power) and F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations

.Energy efficiency

.Sustainable development

.Innovation

.Off-site production

.The supply chain

.Use of materials with low levels of embodied carbon

We as a business have set our own targets for becoming carbon neutral by 2025. So far, we have switched to total green energy. We purchase environmentally friendly or recycled material where possible. We build in energy efficient design where and when possible (current project is one example). We also dispose of site waste responsibly, reusing and recirculating as much as we can.

So yes, in summary it is possible but it takes an unprecedented amount of effort, belief and putting the environment before profits. Then we have a chance of hitting the target by 2050…


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