The RTPI is one of 13 organisations who have written to Mr Angus MacNeil, Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC), to request a formal investigation into the scrapping of the zero carbon homes policy. This letter was recently published by the ECC as part of their enquiry into energy efficiency.
The zero carbon homes policy had cross-party support and was endorsed by the government’s Committee on Climate Change. However, the government removed it in their productivity plan, Fixing the Foundations which was released in July. The joint letter expressed concern that this move will significantly undermined efforts to improve the energy efficiency of new domestic buildings, leading to higher running costs in future buildings and negatively impacting on the users and residents.
James Harris, RTPI Policy and Networks Manager said:
“The RTPI supported the zero carbon homes policy as way to improve energy efficiency in new buildings and demonstrate leadership on climate change. We would like to see the government reinstate it so that we continue to unlock private-sector funded investment in low carbon homes.”
Read the full letter