European members of the World Green Building Council have called on EU ministers to recognise the importance of legally binding carbon targets
In a letter, signed by chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) Paul King, the organisations have called for three 2030 targets covering energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and renewable energy quotas.
They have said that legally binding targets would ‘focus minds and provide much needed certainty to businesses and investors’.
They add: ‘2030 targets must be part of a clear narrative about the EU’s long-term 2050 goals, to enable Europe’s leading companies to formulate transformational and proactive long-term strategy, rather than expending energy on reactive, short-term policy.’
A number of EU countries are currently pushing for a single target for green house gas emissions to replace the current targets within the EU’s 2020 framework, despite the Eurpoean Parliament supporting a three target approach.
Joanne Wheeler, chair of the network’s Policy Task Force, said: ‘The buildings sector has long been recognised as the sector with the greatest potential for cost effective climate action which will save money for businesses and householders. However, significant market barriers persist, and this means that industry needs long-term policy signals in order to invest and deliver greener buildings.
‘A sector energy efficiency target would help focus minds across both public and private sectors, helping deliver buildings that are fit for the 21st century.’