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Lords defeats Government on Zero Carbon amendment

The House of Lords has defeated the Government by 48 votes on the zero carbon homes amendment during Monday’s Lords Report Stage of the Housing and Planning Bill.
The amendment seeks to reintroduce the on-site carbon compliance standard that the Government scrapped last July.

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the UK-GBC said: “During the ten years prior to July 2015, the leading players spanning the housebuilding industry – developers, product manufacturers, contractors and engineers – got behind Zero Carbon Homes, investing heavily and innovating to make it a reality.

“The unexpected and unwanted scrapping of the policy made a mockery of the Government’s green credentials, and showed disregard for the nation’s new homes and the industry’s investment.

“Having supported the Paris climate agreement with much fanfare, cutting carbon from new homes and buildings will be vital to achieving our commitments. Re-introducing the zero carbon homes standard would be a clear next step on this journey, and would provide the certainty the industry needs to continue investing in new skills and technologies.”

The Bill will now go back to the Commons. UK-GBC, in partnership with other groups, will be asking MPs to make their support for the amendment known to Government, in an attempt to retain the amendment in the Bill.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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