Meeting Carbon Targets

Posted on 29th September, 2009

Public awareness is growing all the time of the urgency of the need to tackle climate change.  Scientists are telling us that we must achieve an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and in the recent Budget the Chancellor committed the UK to the world’s first carbon budgets which fix binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions over five-year periods, including carbon dioxide reductions of 34% by 2020. 

What Does This Mean?…     As a recent energy report pointed out, if we are to meet our carbon targets, virtually all 24 million existing buildings in the UK would need converted to reduce their carbon emissions by that sort of amount, and to do that job over the next 40 years we would need to refurbish an entire city the size of Cambridge every month.  That’s about 23,000 teams of people working on each building for a two week period and keeping that rate of refurbishment going non-stop for the next 500 months.

But is this truly sustainable development? How much carbon will be released if we go on using current / dated building methods during the refurbishment programme above? The answers lie in using green construction methods, materials and processes.

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