Government’s Zero Carbon Building Targets Unattainable, Industry Survey

  • Date: 15/06/10

The biggest ever survey of the UK development industry, released today, shows that approximately three-quarters – which accounts for nearly half of all UK carbon emissions – do not believe the Government’s current zero carbon targets for the sector are realistic.

Meeting these targets will be essential if the UK is to meet its national carbon reduction targets by 2020. The findings of the survey demonstrate the strength of feeling among respondents that regulation is most likely to drive progress in future, highlighting the need for closer industry-Government collaboration.

Called ‘Hitting the Green Wall … and Beyond’, the report is a collaboration between the British Property Federation, international law firm Taylor Wessing, and specialist research and communications consultancy Spada.

With over 7,000 individuals surveyed, the report is believed to be by far the most comprehensive survey to date of the development industry’s sentiment towards – and preparedness for – sustainability and carbon reduction. Despite the difficult economic conditions, the survey also finds that the importance accorded to sustainability has held steady during the recession, and highlights the increasing prevalence of green agreements. It builds upon the findings of Taylor Wessing’s award-winning 2009 report ‘Behind the Green Facade’.

Key findings of Hitting the Green Wall … and Beyond include:

* All sectors of the UK development industry are sceptical of Government’s policy objectives.

* 76% of respondents think that the Government’s plans for making all new housing zero carbon by 2016 are unrealistic.

* 73% percent believe plans to make new commercial property zero carbon by 2019 are unrealistic.

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