Decarbonisation of the power grid is not enough to enable the UK to hit net zero carbon targets

Brendan Coyne writes on the Energy Tryst about a new study by the UK Green Building Council that offices will have to cut energy use by almost two thirds to enable the UK to hit net zero carbon targets. Are these findings in other countries as well?

Offices ‘should cut energy use 60 per cent to hit net zero’

Offices need to cut energy use by almost two thirds to enable the UK to hit net zero carbon targets. Simply relying on decarbonisation of the power grid is not an option, according to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

The council has set out a stepped trajectory for building owners and developers to achieve deep demand reduction over the coming years – and says energy efficiency should be prioritised over renewable energy or carbon offsets. The document, which sets out the energy performance targets, builds on the UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, published last April.

Building owners that cannot meet the required energy performance targets should have to disclose their failures, and state how they will meet targets in coming years, said the council.

The targets are based on a methodology called ‘Paris Proof’, developed by the UKGBC’s Dutch counterpart.

See the new document here.

See the (more detailed) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework here.

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