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Sustainable Built Environment Proposition – October 2021

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Sustainable Built Environment Proposition - October 2021

Decarbonising the built environment is crucial to reaching Net Zero. The UK was the first country in the world to set statutory carbon emissions reduction targets in the Climate Change Act 2008, and the first major economy to pass net zero emissions law in 2019, committing to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Infrastructure, in its widest sense – i.e. built environment like homes, schools, offices, as well as economic infrastructure networks such as energy, water, and transport – contributes over 40% of annual UK emissions through the operational energy which infrastructure assets themselves use, or those created by those who use them. Emissions are also released in creating and transporting construction materials such as cement and steel widely used in the built environment.