The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) released its annual report to parliament yesterday (25th June), which set out its recommendations to the government to initiate a green, resilient Covid-19 recovery.
Its new analysis expands on its May 2020 advice to Boris Johnson.
The report highlights five clear investment priorities in the months ahead, including:
- low-carbon retrofits and buildings that are fit for the future
- tree planting, peatland restoration, and green infrastructure
- energy networks must be strengthened for the net-zero energy transformation in order to support electrification of transport and heating
- infrastructure to make it easy for people to walk, cycle, and work remotely
- moving towards a circular economy.
It also noted that there were opportunities to support the transition and recovery by investing in the UK’s net-zero workforce through the use of reskilling and retraining programmes.
The actions recommended by the CCC aim to deliver an improved economy; better public health; improved biodiversity and access to nature; cleaner air; more comfortable homes; and highly productive and rewarding employment.
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“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address these urgent challenges together; it’s there for the taking,” stated CCC chairman, Lord Deben.
In response to the CCC’s report, Christy Hayes, CEO at Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems — two companies responsible for delivering over six million sq ft of eco-friendly, modular projects in London over the last five years — fully agreed that energy-efficient homes and greener methods of housebuilding will be vital in delivering a clean recovery post-crisis.
"We believe innovative, modern methods of construction are essential to drive forward the government’s clean growth strategy,” Christy commented.
"Offsite construction affords huge carbon savings, from the manufacturing stage right through to when assets are operational.
“At Tide and Vision, our accredited method of delivery typically reduces carbon emissions and construction programmes by 50%, underlining the reasons why global investors are continuing to deliver their schemes using MMC.
"We continue to invest heavily in research and development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability, and our modular homes are proven to be more energy efficient in both delivery and operation.
“This ultimately translates into cost savings for our clients and residents, and the sustainable delivery of higher quality housing.”