A month on from the historic EU referendum and we’re beginning to get more of an idea about what will happen once we leave.
Naturally at Smart Energy Services, one of our main concerns is any changes in energy policies as a result of the Brexit decision.
Had we stayed in the EU, there would have been a pretty immediate need to increase building standards.
All new public buildings would have had to be nearly zero energy buildings – meaning the amount of energy they use each year is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site – by the start of 2019 and just two years after that, the policy would apply to all new buildings.
Now that EU deadline is not in place, we’re looking forward to seeing some more home-grown energy initiatives. Of course, it’s still important to keep progressing towards more eco-friendly buildings, but this way it can be done in the way we want it to be done.
It would also be great to see more support for improvements and retrofits for older homes, rather than a sole focus on new buildings.
Just a week on from the referendum, the Government accepted the advice of the Committee on Climate Change – an independent statutory body established in 2008 to report on progress made and advise the Government – and set the fifth carbon budget, which aims to reduce emissions in 2030 by 57 per cent compared to the levels of 1990.
This shows a clear commitment to the environment, whether we’re in or out of Europe, and it’s actually a more ambitious goal than the ones currently set by the EU.
Our goals surrounding climate change are actually set by the UK Government rather than Europe so there’s no need to panic that we’ll suddenly give up on working towards better energy efficiency.
If you have any concerns about the future of energy efficient homes, whether your building will comply with the targets currently in place or any other relevant questions, then do give us a call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to help.