The UK is legally bound to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. We are making some achievements as a nation in this area, with energy consumption in the UK having dropped by 12% overall since 2000.
Since the turn of the millennium, there has been an increase of 14% in the number of households and an increase of 13% in the population. In the same timeframe, household energy consumption has fallen by 23%.
This gives some hope that we are moving in the right direction, but it is arguable that much of this improvement came because of behavioural changes driven by awareness. To move further, we will need to invest in new technologies, and develop appropriate regulations.
On the regulations side, Part L is being reviewed and there is a 2025 date for the new future homes standard that will require homes to have 75-80% lower carbon emissions. Read More