Theresa May has committed to at least halving the amount of energy used by new buildings by 2030.
Through the use of new technology and innovative construction practices, Theresa May aims to at least halve the emissions of new buildings by 2030.
In addition to reducing energy usage of new buildings, the Prime Minister also said the United Kingdom should be one of the leading nations in regards to implementing zero emission vehicles by 2040.
These goals were outlined in the UK’s industrial strategy which is made up of four initial missions in order to boost clean growth; decarbonising transport and buildings are at the forefront of these plans.
The PM stated that the UK should lead the way when it comes to designing and manufacturing zero emission cars to guarantee that the nation’s automotive industry “continues to thrive and create jobs across the country”.
In regards to the zero emission buildings target, the PM said: “Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40% of our total energy usage. By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can slash household energy bills, reduce demand for energy and meet our targets for carbon reduction.
“By halving the energy use of new buildings – both commercial and residential – we could reduce the energy bills for their occupants by as much as 50% and we will aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings too.”
Theresa May suggests that the UK sets the standard across the world for technological changes which benefit the economy and the environment. The strategy would ultimately make towns and cities ‘cleaner, safer and more productive places to live and work’