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Government plan for green industrial revolution

10-point plan to a Green Industrial Revolution

The UK Prime Minister recently announced a target of reducing emissions by as much as 69% within the decade [compared with 1990 levels]. However, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the UK is projected to fail to meet targets for the years 2023 to 2027 and 2028 to 2032, which were set to establish a trajectory for reducing emissions by 80% over the next 30 years.

Energy-efficiency measures are within the plan – but it is alarming that the Government is prioritising investment in ‘new technologies & inventions’ over tried and tested solutions. Cost-effective solutions may not be as glamourous, but with proper financing, these reliable solutions could have an immediate impact at an unprecedented scale. A recent report by the IEA sadly stated that efficiency improvements were slowing down and investment in efficiency is projected to fall 9% in 2020 alone.

What the world builds next will shape energy demand far into the future.

Faith Birol, IEA


Point 7 of the plan is of most interest to the Trust.

07 Homes & public buildings

Buildings account for about a fifth of the UK’s carbon emissions: alongside transport, this sector could greatly contribute to creating green jobs & boost the economy. We will not meet net-zero targets without slashing the amount of energy required by each building, whether newbuild or retrofit. Passivhaus offers an oven-ready solution that is TRIED AND TESTED with over 30 years of data and evidence to back up performance. Better joined-up thinking on the co-benefits of healthy, hygienic homes needs to be exploited.

We must not waste energy. We need ambitious top-down leadership to implement energy efficiency policies to back up the high-level statements and quickly get everyone acting towards the same goal. This sentiment is echoed by many within the construction sector:

Businesses in the built environment sector – which is so critical for emissions reductions – must stand ready to deliver solutions at scale that will help the UK meet these targets. But to do so will depend on the same level of ambition being urgently translated into a number of key policy frameworks – such as the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy and the Future Homes Standard.”

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC


We need a long-term plan – a National Retrofit Strategy – that includes fresh thinking such as a new stamp duty policy to encourage homeowners to invest in sustainability... When it comes to energy efficiency, our homes are fundamentally below the mark, and this will only be made more obvious by the changes in working habits brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Alan Jones, RIBA President

Next year the Trust shall be working alongside the international Passivhaus community to promote efficiency as the first renewable energy! #EfficiencyFirst.



Further Information

Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution - 18 November 2020

RIBA responds to 10-point plan

UKGBC reacts to 10-point plan

Treehugger comments on Green Industrial Revolution

Previous PHT story: Buildings not forgotten in Greenpeace Green Recovery - 4th June 2020

8th December 2020

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