Donna Rourke, Head of ESG, responds to the Environment Audit Committee (EAC) report published by MPs this week calling for mandatory whole-life-carbon assessments for larger buildings.
“With embodied carbon estimated to make up 30-40% of all carbon emissions associated with construction between 2020 and 2050 based on the current ration of demolition and refurbishment, we fully support a mandatory requirement to undertake whole life carbon assessments and targets for buildings to reduce this in order to align with the UK’s net zero goals. Given that the built environment is responsible for 25% of all carbon emissions in the UK and this is not decreasing at a meaningful rate, speed is of the essence in embedding this important consideration into development decisions, including in the case of permitted development rights.
“BNP Paribas Real Estate is seeing a voluntary desire from many clients to consider whole life carbon emissions in order to adhere to their own net zero targets and a mandatory requirement would ensure a level playing field and a marked reduction in the emissions of the built environment as a whole.
“In order to address the skills gap, we recommend the Government sets the retrofitting strategy quickly and works in partnership with major developers and those learning institutions who deliver learning at scale and pace to design training programmes, particularly identifying those work forces with fast-trackable transferrable skills.”
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