UK commended on its green building initiatives
New research has shown that the UK has ranked third in the world for bringing down carbon emissions in the built environment.
Thanks partly to the implementation of new policies promoting the use of eco-friendly builds that include exterior cladding and heat recycling devices, the UK has come third in the RICS Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index (or ZC2 Index).
Green housing policies
Behind only Norway and Brazil, the UK was commended on its implementation of green housing policies; although it was given a few areas in which improvements could still be made, greenbuildingpress.co.uk reports.
The ZC2 Index – which ultimately aims towards a fully de-carbonised environment – takes in three factors to reach its overall score: firstly, the consumption of energy in the residential, tertiary and transport sectors. It also considers the contribution of renewable energy to total primary energy supply and the policy frameworks that countries have put in place to promote carbon reductions in the built environment.
Bringing down carbon emissions in the built environment
Whilst these figures look good for the building sector, it seems the UK is being let down overall by the residential sector; with figures there putting the UK firmly in the middle of the table.
Speaking to bdaily.info, energy and emissions expert Chris Hayward explained:
“One thing we must not forget is that the current downturn in markets, global recession, austerity measures all impact on our consumption and production, and has in turn affected carbon emissions.
The wrong interpretation may be put in this new downward dip in the emissions graph – it is probably not the result of our climate change mitigation measures in recent times but our reduced spending, consumption and production causing this.”