REA comments on Labour’s ‘zero carbon standard’ for new all homes

Amy MacConacchie, Head of External Affairs at the REA commented:


“The REA and the wider renewables and clean technology sector has been calling for the reintroduction of a ‘zero carbon homes standard’ since it was unceremoniously dropped in 2015. Buildings remain one of the largest polluting sectors and unless we capitalise on the opportunities initiatives such as the ‘zero carbon homes standard’ present, transitioning to a flexible, low cost and low carbon energy system is unachievable.


“The cost reductions in consumer bills and lessening the strain on the National Grid are welcome beneficiaries of introducing an initiative like this. It will also go a long way in aiding the transition to a cleaner energy system but we must warn political parties that policy, funding and the implementation of the wholesale systems change needed must be delivered in an integrated manner. The creation of Net Zero towns, cities and therefore the UK requires more than the introduction of this standard.  Local authorities need ring-fenced funding, support and mechanisms that will measure progress on decarbonising and ensure effective resource management.


“We would urge any political party who are serious about mitigating climate change and reaching our legally binding targets to take a holistic view to renewable energy and clean technology policy.”



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Amy MacConnachie

Head of External Affairs

[email protected]



About the Renewable Energy Association (REA)


The REA is the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies with around 550 members operating across heat, transport, and power. The REA is a not-for-profit organisation that represents renewable energy and clean technology companies operating in over fourteen sectors, ranging from biogas and renewable fuels to solar and electric vehicle charging. Membership ranges from major multinationals to sole traders.


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