Despite our being well on the way to achieving zero-carbon for new build, the WWF and Ecofys Climate Policy Tracker report for the EU has awarded the UK an E grade for its carbon policies, given the lack of support for improving the performance of our existing building stock

If we are to redress this balance we need to see revolution not evolution. The government’s commitment to launching a green investment bank - note, bank not fund - is, in principle, good news. As is the commitment to implementing the Renewable Heat Incentive and Green Deal initiatives.

Putting in place a framework that incentivises property owners to refurbish buildings and improve their energy performance will help make significant headway towards meeting targets, and help grow the country’s green economy.

However, the challenge remains - we in the construction industry need to work hand in hand with Whitehall to ensure the road to zero carbon remains at the heart of economic recovery.

Paul Roche, commercial director, SIG Energy Management