Published: 22nd Feb 2019

The environmental standards of homes must be improved to help the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach its climate change targets, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned. In a new report, the independent non-governmental public body warned that the UK will struggle to meet its legally-binding obligations unless emissions from buildings are almost fully eliminated. The CCC’s report highlights numerous issues facing the UK’s 29 million homes, finding that emissions reductions in homes have stalled and energy use at these homes actually increased between 2016 and 2017. The CCC has said that UK homes are ill-prepared to handle the coming effects of climate change, adding that work on improvements has ‘barely begun’, and it has, therefore, urged the government to act without delay. Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee, said: ‘This report confirms what we have long-suspected: UK homes are largely … (To read the full article, subscribe below)