The Construction Products Association has said the government’s response to the IGT report has not done enough to address concerns about the way carbon is measured.
CPA industry affairs director John Tebbit said he was pleased the government has “accurately identified most of the key issues” that need to be addressed in delivering a low carbon built environment.
However he added that the report was disappointing on two counts, measuring carbon and the lack of fiscal incentives to help ensure the Green Deal succeeds.
“The UK government, along with those of other western economies, claim that its carbon emission polices are contributing to the decarbonisation of the UK,” he said.
“However in reality the amount of carbon we consume in this country has increased by about 30 per cent since 1990, as what we have done is outsource the carbon emissions to other parts of the world and import back to the UK the products that these countries have manufactured on our behalf.”
He added: “The report acknowledges the importance of supporting the emerging standards as a basis for measuring embodied carbon, but there is no commitment to develop a policy framework around this to ensure that the built environment we create is one that provides the lowest whole-life and whole-planet solution.”
Mr Tebbit also slammed the decision not to include fiscal incentives for Green Deal take-up.
He said: “It continues to baffle our industry that government feels it’s appropriate to charge a lower rate of VAT on the energy that it is trying to persuade us not to use, than the rate on the products that will help us reduce it.
“Given that we are encouraging householders to take up a Green Deal package on which they will be given professional advice, which will be delivered by accredited installers and which guarantees to make significant energy savings, we cannot understand why the level of VAT charged on this cannot be set at the same five per cent level.”
The CPA welcomed the establishment of the Green Construction Board and added it was crucial to see the terms and conditions under which it operates as well as the people who are chosen to sit on it.