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Net zero government inquiry

Environmental Audit Committee examines what the UK Government must do to align its own estate and activities with net zero emissions target.

Closing date: 15 August 2019

Objectives of the consultation

This inquiry focuses on the sustainability of the Government’s estate and procurement processes and what action it needs to take to achieve its net zero emissions target by 2050 or sooner. 

The Committee welcomes written evidence on some or all of the points below, in no more than 3,000 words. 

Achieving a net zero government

  • What must be done to achieve a net zero government?
  • What time frame is required for government to achieve alignment with net zero emissions?
  • What challenges might government encounter as part of this process? How could these be overcome?
  • How should net zero targets be set, monitored and enforced?
  • What must government do to ensure a just transition and decent work as it moves its estate towards net zero?

Leadership and partnership

  • To what extent is government “leading by example” in aligning its estate and operations with net zero emissions?
  • What examples of good practice could government implement to become a net zero government?
  • How should the government work with the devolved administrations to achieve common goals across the UK?
  • How can the government report on and reduce its water use?
  • How can the government report on and reduce its carbon footprint?

Is government following its own advice?

  • Are existing government frameworks ambitious enough to meet the requirements set out by the Committee on Climate Change?
  • What must government do to achieve its Road to Zero target to make its entire fleet ultra-low emission by 2030?
  • What must be done to align the new set of Greening Government Commitments with a net zero government?
  • How can the government’s estate be more climate friendly?
  • How should government drive behaviour change in staff to ensure greener, healthier workplaces?

Supporting papers

There are no additional documents supporting this inquiry. To access the original inquiry page, please follow the link below.

What you can do

CIBSE will submit a response to the inquiry and we would like to hear from you to best represent your views.

Please send your contribution by Thursday 8 August, to Julie Godefroy, Technical Manager,, if you would like to inform the CIBSE response.

Members may also wish to make a submission as individuals or as part of their organisations, in addition to the CIBSE response. The final deadline for submission to the inquiry is 15 August.