The Climate Change Committee (CCC) recommends a new target for the UK: net zero emissions by 2050. The target will deliver on the commitment that the UK made by signing the Paris Agreement. It is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives, and within the expected economic cost that Parliament accepted when it legislated the existing 2050 target for an 80% reduction from 1990.
However, this is only possible if clear, stable and well-designed policies to reduce emissions further are introduced across the economy without delay. Current policy is insufficient for even the existing targets. On 2 May 2019, the Committee published its advice to Government on a Net Zero target for the UK, read the full report here. This recommendation was followed by government, and the UK adopted a legal target of Net Zero by 2050.
CIBSE has long been active on the topic of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and linking it to building performance. To increase our efforts, in July 2019 CIBSE produced its first Climate Action Plan, mapping our current and planned activities in the areas where we have a duty and the ability to act as professional institution. We committed to review our plan regularly, the current version, published in August 2021, is our second annual update.
Members may also be interested in the independent members-led Building Services Engineers Declare initiative.
CIBSE has also been involved with the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) – to find out more about how CIBSE guidance relates to LETI, see the link below.