The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has accused the government of lacking ambition in its new energy strategy.
The government’s revised strategy, unveiled at the end of last week, follows a 2022 High Court ruling that the previous plan did not provide enough detail on how to tackle climate change.
The strategy now outlines key areas of activity in progressing towards net zero but RICS claims it contains little in the way of new announcements or funding.
“Given the significant role surveyors have in supporting the decarbonisation of the built environment, RICS has eagerly anticipated this announcement” say’s the institution in a statement.
Key points from the revised strategy include:
– Launching the Great British Insulation Scheme that will see up to 300,000 homes become more energy efficient;
– Phasing out of new and replacement gas boilers by 2035;
– The continuation of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme and £30m towards boosting the manufacturing of heat pumps; and
– Significant investment in carbon capture and nuclear technologies, as well as offshore wind farm infrastructure.
But RICS is unhappy with this series of initiatives and Sam Rees, its senior public affairs officer, says: “While RICS welcomes any investment in the decarbonisation of the UK, RICS is disappointed by the lack of ambition or indeed any major new announcements – especially in light of the publication of the Independent Review of Net Zero led by Chris Skidmore MP.
“With an estimated 15m homes needing a form of energy efficiency improvement work, the insulation policy targeting 300,000 homes falls well short of the ambition needed.
“[The strategy] contained little in the way of incentives for the majority of consumers and businesses to create low-carbon, energy-efficient properties.
“Further expected announcements by the government look set to push back decarbonisation of the built environment, including a now 12-year phasing out of gas boilers and delays to create higher EPC-rated homes.
“RICS will continue to work with UK Government, the Energy Efficiency Taskforce and Net Zero Coalition to push for greater resources towards creating a low-carbon UK, recognising the important role surveyors have in supporting the net zero transition.”
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