The Buildings Mission Zero Network (BMZN) has launched the first of two reports supporting the decarbonisation of the built environment.
Mission Retrofit is co-authored by Chris Skidmore OBE, author of the government’s independent review of net zero – who serves as chair of the Mission Zero Coalition – and Simon McWhirter, deputy chief executive of UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).
The BMZN says it has taken forward recommendations from the report, including on how to deliver on an energy efficiency and retrofit mission, as well as identifying new areas of policy focus where the UK could be more ambitious, or deliver more effective outcomes for the buildings industry.
McWhirter said: “The dramatic policy reversals by government over the last week have been a real clarion call against complacency for our sector. And in the face of them pulling up the policy handbrake on all things green, this Mission Retrofit report is incredibly timely.
“The report shines a spotlight on the critical policy gaps and challenges highlighted by UKGBC’s Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, including the urgent need for a National Retrofit Strategy to upgrade Britain’s mostly cold and draughty buildings.
“And unlike other current government initiatives, Mission Retrofit is trying to eloquently link up the disparate parts of the complex carbon abatement puzzle – from sustainable planning reform, to a clear recognition of the importance of adapting our existing buildings for the rapidly warming climate.”
Skidmore added: “The Net Zero Review, Mission Zero, was clear that tackling the UK’s buildings emissions is key to reaching net zero. We also know that 85% of all buildings will be in use by 2050, which is why it is so important we focus on decarbonising our existing homes, offices and public buildings.
“With the government committing to reducing energy demand and establishing the Great British Insulation Scheme, now is the time to ensure that we have a plan in place. [The] report Mission Retrofit seeks to deliver that plan, having taken evidence over several months.”
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