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UK-GBC aims to cut carbon from existing housing stock

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is undertaking a major study with the aim of reducing carbon emissions in the existing housing stock.

The UK-GBC has been given full backing by the government and is teaming up with the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, the Sustainable Development Commission and the Technology Strategy Board to produce a comprehensive report on existing housing.

It is expected that the document will be taken up by government to inform its Low Carbon Homes Strategy, which it committed to producing following the recent draft Renewable Energy Strategy.

The report will focus on the period up to 2022, and the measures proposed will be designed to ensure the government hits its climate change targets of an 80 per cent carbon emissions reduction by 2050.

UK-GBC chief executive Paul King said: ‘Escalating energy bills make it clear that tackling climate change by reducing our energy use can be good for our pocket as well as the planet.

'Not only that, but in a time of extreme economic difficulty for many businesses in the sector, a major push on retrofitting and refurbishment will open up new market opportunities worth literally billions of pounds.’

The report is expected by the end of September.

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