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Government must revise 'unrealistic' zero carbon targets, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called on the government to revise its zero-carbon targets, claiming that existing standards are unrealistic

Instead of aiming for zero carbon by 2016, the institute suggested a more realistic target of building all new homes to emit 70 per cent less carbon, which it believes is technically and reliably achievable through energy efficiency measures and on-site technologies.

Gillian Charlesworth, director of external affairs at RICS said: ‘We believe that, given the financial constraints caused by the downturn, government should be aiming to maximise reductions in carbon emissions in a cost effective manner. RICS wants to see achievable solutions. Resources should be allocated to lower cost measures that will provide maximum insulation to homes. This would be a pragmatic solution towards reducing our carbon footprint, given the current recession.’

RICS considers the government’s ultimate policy goal should still be to achieve a 100 per cent reduction in emissions from new homes.

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