Local Authorities are facing huge challenges, particularly when it comes to addressing Net Zero Carbon targets. This is due to the UK government committing to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels – a pledge that will be enshrined in law by the end of this month.
In April we wrote how Planning, BIM and construction (PBC) Today reported that Britain’s 28 million homes contribute 20% of the country’s carbon emissions. While reducing carbon emissions is undoubtedly a positive step, it is certainly a daunting one for Local Authorities.
The challenges councils and the public sector face lie in the fact that many have buildings with poor energy efficiency levels within their housing stock and property portfolios, which begs the questions:
Our Business Development Director, Phil Bull, last week enjoyed attending Unlock Net Zero’s “A whole systems approach to Net Zero” webinar. Phil found the collaborative approach to achieving Net Zero promoted by the webinar, which was hosted by Places for People’s Group Chief Executive David Cowans, interesting.
Before networking, Phil benefitted from three twenty-minute presentations from:
As well as highlighting how energy sources are interdependent and how no one sector can work in isolation to achieve decarbonisation, the webinar covered:
The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) released a set of recommendations on how the government can utilise a whole systems approach to achieve Net Zero in practice. They noted: “The new legal commitment to net zero by 2050 represents a significant step change in the UK’s level of ambition. Putting this on a statutory basis is good, but without an equally strong and effective structure inside government the legal commitment alone will not drive the required transformation of our economy and society.”
Their paper shone a spotlight on the advantages of a whole systems approach to delivering Net Zero which included:
CST’s recommendations are split into three parts:
You can read the full details of their recommendations here.
With 49 branches across England, Wales, and Scotland, spanning the divisions of Energy, Roofing, and Plumbing, and comprehensive access to labour, Avonside Group can supply actionable, yet innovative and effective solutions to Public Sector organisations and Local Authorities looking to overcome the challenges presented by the government’s Net Zero targets.
Please contact our Business Development Director Phillip Bull at: Phillip.Bull@avonsidegroup.co.uk if you would like to discuss how Avonside Group can guide your organisation through the transition to Net Zero.