Government Scraps Zero Carbon Homes Plan:August 17, 2015 10:04 am
It has been announced that the government has axed plans to make all homes carbon neutral from 2016.
The zero carbon homes policy was originally put forward by Gordon Brown in 2006, and would have ensured that all new dwellings would have generated as much energy as would use in heating and lighting etc. This energy would come from such renewable sources as wind or solar power. At present, CO2 emissions make up nearly a third of all UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. This figure could rise to 55% by 2050.
The scrapping of the zero carbon homes policy also sees the axing of both the tighter energy efficiency standards, which were originally to come onto force in 2016, and also a scheme which would allow homebuilders to deliver equivalent carbon savings off site.
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