CLC calls on Government to adopt National Retrofit Strategy

The Construction Leadership Council has published the second iteration of the National Retrofit Strategy, a 20-year blueprint for how the construction industry can work with Government to retrofit the UK’s 28 million existing homes – and is urging the Government to adopt its themes within the Heat and Buildings Strategy.

Following open consultation with the construction industry, the National Retrofit Strategy has over 50 supporter organisations. In partnership with 38 signatories, the CLC has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), enclosing the strategy, and calling on the Government to adopt its themes within the content and implementation of the Heat and Buildings Strategy.

The letter said:

“If the UK is to meet our world-leading carbon reduction targets, create jobs, and level up, we must address the energy and water inefficiency of our 28 million homes. Our strategy is a blueprint, endorsed by the construction industry and beyond, for growing the domestic energy efficiency retrofit sector over the next twenty years. Our homes account for 35% of all energy use and emit 20% of total carbon dioxide emissions.

“Widescale domestic retrofit is essential to the Net Zero agenda and backing a long-term strategy will help position the UK as global market leader in the low carbon economy ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.

“The National Retrofit Strategy will support the UK to build back better and greener from the pandemic, and it will help deliver the ambitions that the Government has committed to in the Energy White Paper and the 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.”

A copy of the full letter is available here.

Mark Reynolds, Deputy Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said: “Our homes account for 20% of UK carbon emissions and 35% of energy use. To deliver on the Prime Minister’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, the construction industry must work with the Government and take action on reducing the environmental impact of our buildings. As an integral part of the CLC’s Co2nstruct Zero campaign, I am pleased that the National Retrofit Strategy is steadily gaining supporters ahead of United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.”

Brian Berry, Chair of the CLC Domestic RMI Working Group, said: “The National Retrofit Strategy is a blueprint for making green home upgrades accessible to all British households. This will help make our homes more comfortable and cheaper to run. This strategy also has the potential to unlock 100,000 new jobs and save 2.53Mt of carbon dioxide in the first four years, in return for £5.3 billion of Government investment. This will support the levelling-up agenda, helping us to build back better and greener.”

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