The UK Green Building Council has today responded to a new report from the Aldersgate Group on the business case for a low carbon economy, which calls on Government to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.
The report, A Brighter, More Secure Future: Low carbon priorities for the new Government, sets three priorities for the new Government’s climate and energy policy.
The priorities are to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority backed up by clear government co-ordination, infrastructure funds and policies tailored to different categories of energy efficiency measures, including commercial energy efficiency.
The UK Green Building Council, which is a member of the Aldersgate Group, has long campaigned for Government to designate energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority – specifically in its A housing stock fit for the future report, published in June 2014.
John Alker, Director of Policy and Communications at the UK Green Building Council, said: “This report demonstrates the breadth of support – across business, academia and civil society – for an urgent and well-overdue national energy efficiency programme, to transform our inefficient homes and buildings. It is particularly timely given the real doubts that are surfacing about the Government’s commitment to the green economy.
“Government faces a number of key decisions on major infrastructure projects, but none deliver the same package of benefits as energy efficiency, which should be considered a national infrastructure priority. It is the original economic no-brainer – bringing down energy costs for households and businesses, stimulating economic growth and improving the UK’s energy security.”