It’s a big job, and there’s no use pretending otherwise. There are more than 25 million homes in the UK. There are 26,000 or so schools. There are more than a thousand hospitals. These and countless industry and retail buildings across the country are responsible – thanks to their heating, their lighting, their fridges, their ovens, their computers and hot and cold running water – for nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions.
Greening these buildings, and those yet to come, will be a hugely expensive undertaking. No one has managed to pin a price tag on the job, but we can be sure it will extend into the billions.
So it is vital that we begin the programme of change, starting on a sound footing.
Yet although the present government has been laudably committed to this project, there is concern that the policies being put in place may lead to muddle and confusion.
1 March 2010
This supplement is part two of a series of Policy Reports published in 2010.
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