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    Government needs to help industry achieve new net zero targets, experts warn

    April 29th, 2021

    Technologies and plans need to be supported and funded, groups add.

    The construction industry needs the government to lay out how it expects its new carbon targets to be able to hit them, experts have warned.

    Earlier today, it was revealed the government would legislate a new target to reduce national emissions by 78% compared to 1990 levels by 2035, including emissions from international shipping and aviation.

    Construction will need guidance to meet government targets, industry figures have said

    Now industry experts have warned that without proper guidance in place it will be hard for the construction sector to play its part in the efforts.

    Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC, said while the announcement represented the level of ambition the UK should be showing when it comes to tackling climate change more details are required.

    She said: “A major shortcoming of previous government targets has been its inability to meet them. We’re currently on track to miss the fourth and fifth carbon budgets, meaning we urgently need the policies and practical solutions which will enable us to deliver on this commitment, not just dream about it.

    “Before talking up his away game and acting like the UK is in a climate ‘super league’, the PM needs to start getting his home form in order, and ensure he’s not missing open goals.”

    Sir John Armitt, National Infrastructure Commission chair, added: “[The] ambitious target provided an important signal of intent … [but the] government urgently needs to set out clear, funded plans to support delivery of the infrastructure needed to support the journey to net zero.”

    He said: “The commission repeats its call for detailed polices, developed in partnership with industry, to deliver the necessary developments such as sufficient electric vehicle charging points, taking concrete steps to decarbonise the country’s heating supply, and schemes to significantly improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes.”

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