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Government will fall short on green energy targets, says report

Government policies to reduce carbon emissions from shops, offices and factories by 2050 will fail, according to a report by the British Property Federation (BPF)

The report, which will be published next week, will say that energy performance certificates (EPCs) only offer ‘theoretical information’ on a building’s design and not actual energy use.

The BPF wants to see measurement, based on everyday use, made obligatory for the private sector. Furthermore BPF chief executive Liz Peaceis demanding that energy use must be made transparent if the industry is to meet green energy targets,

For this to happen, the BPF is calling for EU law to be changed so that landlords and tenants will be obliged to share energy data. If this happens, the report states, then both sides can work together to support real change.

According to the BPF, property is responsible for 50 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions, but one of the easiest places to make savings if data is shared and landlords and tenants work together.

The report also highlights concerns by UK property giants British Land, Hermes, Land Securities, Legal and General, Prupim and Segro, which own and manage the country’s biggest shopping centres and offices. All believe government policy has ignored the fact the majority of commercial property is rented out, therefore responsibility for improving energy performance is split between the two groups.

Peter Clarke, executive officer at British Land, said: ‘We have found that simple improvements in energy use can be made by sharing data, which often reveals that changes to behaviour can yield big savings on energy and carbon. The key barrier is that, in many cases, landlords and tenants are unaware of where the opportunities lie. The BPF’s  toolkit, developed with the Carbon Trust, provides a set of tools and a process to enable landlords and tenants to measure, understand and reduce their emissions.’

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