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Government delays response to Low Carbon report

The government’s response to the Growth & Innovation team’s Low Carbon Construction report has been delayed until May.

Chief construction adviser to the government Paul Morrell revealed the response date had slipped back while speaking at the Ecobuild conference.

But he denied suggestions it may clash with the strategy for sustainable construction report, due the same month.

Mr Morrell said the decision to delay the government response was due to restrictions on major government announcements in the run up to the local elections and voting reform referendum on 5 May.

He said “whatever comes out of the IGT report” will feed in to the strategy for sustainable construction.

The Low Carbon Construction report was launched at the start of December and set out 65 recommendations to help industry achieve 80 per cent reductions in carbon emissions by 2050.

Mr Morrell was speaking at a UKGBC seminar on “ingredients for a low carbon built environment”, where he called on the industry to show greater leadership in advocating low carbon construction.

However he also admitted that government had yet to grasp the strategic importance of opportunities for reform within the construction industry and he placed faith in building merchants to help educate people through the delivery of services in their homes.

E.on energy services managing director Don Leiper called for a change in relationship between construction firms, energy companies and local authorities.

He said: “Just selling power and gas is not enough for us anymore so we need to deliver local solutions and it is all about partnership leading to success.

“Don’t expect to see energy prices dip over the next decade; they are going to go up and up and industry and people need to educate themselves about the importance of reducing energy and making savings.”

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