Road to COP26—decarbonising domestic buildings

Road to COP26—decarbonising domestic buildings

Will current plans to make new homes 'net zero ready' by 2025 help the UK reach its emission reduction targets? Or has the government missed opportunities to make its plans efficient and enforceable?


The UK government has pledged to show Climate Leadership in its role as host of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), including by taking steps to ensure the achievement of the UK's legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050. As part of its plans to reduce domestic emissions, the government set a target to achieve 75–80% less carbon emissions from domestic properties over the next four years through higher energy performance standards for new or refurbished homes. Our latest News Analysis, published as part of our series preceding COP26, considers how achievable this target actually is.

In this piece Debra Wilson, partner at Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP outlines the government's plan to make new homes net zero ready by 2025, the challenges facing the construction industry, existing energy efficiency initiatives, and steps the government could have taken to strengthen enforcement and accountability. 

Read the full article here: Sustainable living—making UK homes net zero by 2025.

For more information on energy efficiency regulations, see Practice Note: Energy efficiency—Part L of the Building Regulations.


 

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Jessica is a paralegal in the LexisPSL Hub. She completed her law degree at the University of Birmingham before gaining a commendation on the LPC at the University of Law. Jessica has experience working for international law firms on a range of matters, including financial services, corporate and real estate.