Government lambasted for scrapping ‘zero-carbon’ plans for future UK homes


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The Treasury’s plans to scrap ‘zero-carbon’ projects for future UK homes have been lambasted by green groups and house building organisations, who argue that future home owners will be ultimately left in debt and forced to pay more on their energy bills than they should.

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Chief executive Julie Hirigoyen slammed the move, stating: “It is short-sighted, unnecessary, retrograde and damaging to the house building industry which has invested heavily in delivering energy efficient homes.

“Britain needs more housing but there is no justification for building homes with a permanent legacy of high energy bills.”

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) welcomed the proposals for increased productivity, but cited concerns of a lack of sustainability skills and questioned the surprise abandonment of zero carbon homes.

IEMA chief policy advisor Martin Baxter added: “The plan provides huge opportunities for mainstreaming sustainable thinking across the UK economy.

“Moves to deliver three million apprenticeships and Institutes of Technology registered with professional bodies have the potential to significantly enhance the reach of sustainability skills needed to deliver UK businesses the growth opportunities inherent in a sustainable economy.”

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