UN Environment Committee criticise EU performance

Whilst government is considering responses received in the Call for Evidence on Energy Certificates world leaders are preparing for to attend the Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland at which the rules on how to implement the Paris agreement will be concluded. It is timely therefore that the United Nations should issue a report that claims global efforts to tackle climate change are “way off track”.

The Emissions Gap Report aligns with the UK’s own Clean Growth Strategy issued in 2017 by stating that despite measures taken, economic growth is responsible for a rise in carbon emissions which unless in 2017 while national efforts to cut carbon have faltered. If global warming is to be maintained at less the 1.5 degree Celsius aspiration then nations must raise their ambition fivefold.

The reports specifically criticises wealthier nations including EU (including UK), Canada, USA and Australia but praises Brazil, China, Japan, India, Russia and Turkey, who are set to hit or beat their targets.

Elmhurst’s Managing Director Martyn Reed believes that part of the solution is with MHCLG now. As the Elmhurst Manifesto asked:

Government should devise and implement policies to deliver on their strategic targets.

  • The Clean Growth Strategy issued in 2016 illustrated how much our buildings have improved since EPCS were introduced. The document also predicted that, unless the government did more, emissions would rise. Since its publication we have seen a large if number so consolations issued and yet little evidence of the action needed to meet the UN commitments.

Government use the opportunities of BREXIT to improve energy certificates.

  • EPCs should be seen as a catalyst that inspires building owners to improve energy efficiency. 

For more information see BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46347453

The Emissions Gap Report 2018 is available here https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2018

Article Published: 28th November 2018

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