Cameron called on to deliver green pledge
Business leaders have written to David Cameron urging him to deliver on promises to cut carbon emissions from the property sector.
Several FTSE 100 chief executives have signed the letter to the Prime Minister calling on the government to use the Energy Bill, due for its second reading this week, to legislate on Display Energy Certificates which provide an A-G energy efficiency rating for buildings.
The certificates are currently mandatory for public sector buildings but are not compulsory in the private sector. Non-domestic buildings currently account for up to 17 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions.
The letter, initiated by the British Property Federation and the UK Green Building Council, argues that without legislation, private property owners could be disadvantaged by opting to display their energy rating.
Signatures to the letter include Francis Salway, Chief Executive, of Land Securities, Dan Labbad, Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Lend Lease and Bill Hughes, Managing Director of Legal & General Property.
It recommends an amendment to the Energy Bill which would give the Secretary of State the power to initiate a roll-out of DECs to the private sector.
Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: ‘It’s very simple – if you don’t know how much energy you are using, you can’t manage it.
‘We’ve simply no idea how our buildings up and down the country are actually performing, so mandatory A-G ratings are the crucial first step in helping businesses understand and reduce their energy use.
‘The Prime Minister signed up to this in the Carbon Plan in March, and the Energy Bill is the obvious place to put down the necessary legislation. Government needs to listen to the property industry – this is something that will cut carbon, cut energy bills and create new market opportunities in green technologies.’