UK-GBC comments on report on carbon penalties and incentives in commercial buildings

The UK Green Building Council has commented on the findings of a new report on carbon reduction and energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

The report, launched by the Green Construction Board, the Property Industry Alliance and Government, and produced by Deloitte, argues that policies to tackle carbon emissions in the commercial property sector need to be better understood, monitored and enforced.

Paul King headshotPaul King, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said:

“The findings clearly demonstrate that sustainability is now a mainstream issue within the commercial property sector but that a lack of consistency, clarity and enforcement of environmental policy is preventing the industry from realising the full benefits it has to offer.

“Industry is clear in its preference for good regulation and policy direction, to create a level playing-field for investment and innovation – which makes the Government’s insistence on reducing red tape, changing policy, and watering down regulation all the more frustrating. The current prevarication around the introduction of minimum energy efficiency standards for privately rented commercial buildings is one very timely example.”

Green Construction Board/Green Property Alliance Carbon Penalties and Incentives Project (2013 – 2014)

 

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