Sustainability: Emissions regulations


The regulations around greenhouse gas emissions come from a variety of international, European and UK sources and are constantly changing

01 / Introduction

A huge effort is being made to deliver buildings with low – and if possible negligible or even positive – environmental impact, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is of course critical to that goal. Carbon dioxide emissions not only contribute to global climate change but are linked to general concerns around air quality, affecting human health. 

The Committee on Climate Change’s 2018 progress report to parliament on reducing UK emissions revealed that direct CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emissions from buildings accounted for almost 19% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. 

According to the same report, the majority (77%) of these emissions from buildings were due to housing. 

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