Treasury has published a consultation on streamlining carbon reporting. Hidden in the consultation, aptly named “Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape” is a proposal for charities and public bodies to report, and potentially pay tax, for their carbon emissions.
We know there are already cases of homes overheating in the UK and that the incidence and severity is likely to worsen as our climate changes. What we don’t know is how much of a concern overheating is within the mainstream energy efficiency and construction sectors and whether organisations are already gearing up to address this issue.
InnovateUK, the UK’s innovation agency, is at the cutting edge of developing ways to undertake retrofit cost-effectively and at scale. Lead technologist Rick Holland describes its work and why, despite challenges in securing funding, the future is bright for retrofit.
The arguments for reducing energy demand in housing are well rehearsed – carbon emissions, energy security, living costs and the scourge of fuel poverty. The benefits are multiple, both directly and indirectly, improving housing quality, economic and environmental sustainability, and providing employment in the process.
On one of our SHIFT visits to Sanctuary Housing we had the opportunity to view a recently refurbished home. It was the first home refurbished as part of Sanctuary’s forward thinking ambition to ensure that all their homes achieve carbon reduction levels that align with the UK’s commitment.
Legislation plays a fundamental role in tackling climate change. New research, conducted in collaboration between Globe International and the London School of Economics, shows a dramatic increase in the climate laws. The findings of the study illustrate that the world’s stock of climate legislation has risen steeply, from fewer than 50 in 2000 to almost 500 in 2013! Those are becoming more ambitious as countries realise the benefits of tackling climate change and discovered that the costs are manageable.