Housing minister Grant Shapps is central to the move to ensure all new homes are zero carbon by 2016.
Despite delays in announcing the definition of zerocarbon new homes, Mr Shapps insists he is fully behind the previous government’s commitment and as the former shadow housing minister, he can argue that it has been on his agenda since long before he made it into government. He is widely tipped as a rising star in
the Conservative party, keen to make a name for himself.
He has hit back at suggestions that he isbackpedalling, saying recently: “To suggest we’re no longer aim ing for zero carbon is misleading… If we’re serious about reducing our carbon emissions we need to find the most practical way of doing this, and ensure the people at councils and industry who are actually going to deliver these changes are on board.”
As Paul Morrell’s report made clear, it is not only new homes that are important, but the retrofi tting of existing ones 750,000 a year must be completed if the 2050 carbon reduction target is to be met. Mr Shapps’ leadership of this revolution will be essential.