Government decision on Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting – 10th July

  • Government announces that it will not be introducing zero carbon homes in 2016 and zero carbon non-domestic buildings in 2019
  • Renewables industry warn decision will mean higher energy bills for future generations

The decision not to proceed with the zero-carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme is a blow to the renewables industry. However, long-term this will also impact the building industry.

The government will have to make changes to the building regulations by 2019 to meet the nearly zero-carbon home directive and has missed out on an opportunity to do this in a manner that allows the industry to transition gradually.

By not committing to higher energy efficient standards and increased use of renewable energy it means that consumers will pay higher energy bills over the life-time of the property, contradicting existing energy policies which aim to keep consumer bills down.

Lauren Cook, Policy Analyst at the Renewable Energy Association (REA) said:

“The government has missed out on an opportunity to help support a sustainable onsite renewables industry, protecting businesses and employment in the sector. Building lower cost homes now will come at a cost to future generations through higher energy bills.”


For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

James Court
Head of External Affairs, REA
+44 (0)20 7925 3570

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