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Net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – BESA supports recommendations

 May, 17 - 2019   Green Issues

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has backed advice published by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that recommends a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050.


The advice was published in a new government commissioned report, “Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming”, which reassesses the UK’s long-term emissions targets.


Key proposals include:

  • making all new buildings net zero carbon within a decade;
  • major improvements to the insulation and energy efficiency of existing buildings;
  • widespread adoption of low carbon heating solutions
  • all new cars and vans should be electric (or use a low-carbon alternative, e.g. hydrogen) by 2035 (rather than the current aim of 2040); and
  • legislation committing the UK to 100% reduction in carbon emissions should be put into place “as soon as possible”.


This could be achieved at the same cost as the measures contained in the Climate Change Act i.e. 1-2% of GDP.


The CCC estimates that the transition to low carbon heating solutions will cost about £15bn a year up to 2050 and would involve:

  • widespread adoption of heat pumps in place of conventional boiler driven central heating; and
  • accelerating the use of district heating and hydrogen.


BESA said these aims were “eminently achievable”.


BESA President, Tim Hopkinson, said:


“This is a huge moment for our industry.  All of these things are achievable, and the building engineering sector is in the vanguard of zero carbon action. Additional policy levers will allow us to go further and faster, but we are already delivering low carbon heating solutions; energy efficiency and clean energy projects up and down the country.


“We embrace this vision and that of the climate change activists, who recently took to the streets to champion this issue. However, we would stress to them that we are already on the right track. In 2017, overall emissions had fallen by 43% since 1990 and the building engineering sector has played a key part.


“We acknowledge the need to go further and faster and, if the government turns the CCC recommendations into policy, we can.”


BEIS Installer Engagement Event


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for feedback from gas heating and hot water engineers about the challenges facing our industry over the next decade.


BEIS wants to know how you feel about this, what you think this means for your business and the sector at large, and what plans you might have in place to evolve with the changing market.


In order to address the concerns of the BSE sector, we need to know what they are. Governing bodies and training providers like ourselves have a responsibility to make sure this change becomes an opportunity.


We will be running a workshop on Wednesday 29th May 16:30 – 19:00 at our Northolt Centre.


We will be discussing the following areas:

  • The government has announced plans to phase out fossil fuel heating in some areas in the next 10 years, but critics say there are not enough installers with renewable heating skills to make it work. What are your views?
  • Change brings opportunities and risks. How we heat our homes is changing, creating a more diverse market for installers. What are the opportunities? What are the risks?
  • What responsibilities do the following groups have in helping installers take advantage of new technologies?
    • Government
    • Installers (from large installer organisations to sole traders)
    • Wider industry (including manufacturers, merchants and training providers.)


It’s a great opportunity to have your say in the future of your industry.

This important discussion could shape your future success, so please come along to have your say.


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