Halve the energy use in all buildings by 2030 says the PM
Yesterday the Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech at Jodrell Bank about science and industrial strategy, which included some bold statements including the goal of halving the energy use in new build and existing buildings.
The PM stated: “in the clean growth grand challenge, we will use new technologies and modern construction practices to at least halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030.
Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40 per cent of our total energy usage.
By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can slash household energy bills, reduce demand for energy and meet our targets for carbon reduction.
By halving the energy use of new buildings – both commercial and residential – we could reduce the energy bills for their occupants by as much as 50 per cent.
And we will aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings too.
Meeting this challenge will drive innovation and standards in the construction sector, helping it to meet our ambitious homebuilding targets and providing more jobs and opportunity to millions of workers across the country.
It will be a catalyst for new technologies and more productive methods, which can be exported to a large and growing global market for clean technologies.”