The challenge the UK has to meet net-zero emissions by 2050 can't be under-estimated. The UK — and Scotland, in particular — has built strong foundations, but the next phase will require major changes in consumer and business behaviour, as well as the development and scale-up of emerging technologies.
The CBI has today shared a report on "The low carbon 2020s" which includes recommendations on the sectors government should focus on as key to achieving the net-zero ambition: growing supplies of low carbon electricity; a rapid reduction in transport emissions; and progress on the long term challenge of decarbonising through new technologies and improved energy efficiency.
Amongst the recommendations is one to set more ambitious targets for energy efficiency in both domestic and non-domestic new builds. The emission rates in both need to fall at a faster rate than currently; and there need to be greater links between building standards, energy efficiency and the planning system.
For example, should local authorities be issuing certificates denoting a property's climate change resilience in much the same way that energy performance certificates (EPCs) summarise building energy efficiency? How realistic is that, and what things to support that ambition would need to be put in place?
These are amongst the issues open to debate at the Build It 2019 Aberdeen conference on 29 November 2019. See you there?
The UK has set an ambitious target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The business community is in full support of this target, and will play a fundamental role in delivering the new technologies and services that will make this a reality. But time is short, and the reality of meeting net-zero emissions in thirty years means that the next decade will be crucial if we are to remain on track.