Net UK Carbon
The UK has somewhat bucked this trend with success in separating economic growth from the increased CO₂ emissions, although rapid change is still needed to achieve the UK’s target for Net Zero by 2050.
Buildings Vs. Power
Changes in the generation of power have been mainly responsible for the reduction in UK CO₂ emissions but, despite tightening regulations, buildings have not followed a similar path.
The production of heat for buildings and their associated activities presents a significant technical challenge for the UK with over a third of emissions coming from this requirement.
Following public pressure, local authorities throughout the UK declared climate emergencies. This has seen a trend in local and regional policy for more ambitious targets for the built environment, pushing ahead of national standards.