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Govt urged to put carbon trading cost in agreements


CONSTRUCTION experts are calling on the Government to include carbon reduction measures in developers' agreements following the Queen's Speech last week.

The Climate Change Bill was formalised in the speech and Construction Products Association chief executive Michael Ankers wants to see carbon trading put into Section 106 agreements.

He said: 'It's going to be very expensive to make a new property carbon-neutral.

'Perhaps a developer should help provide better insulation to an existing hospital or school in the area to reduce carbon emissions in the community.'

The Construction Confederation praised the Climate Change Bill.

A spokesman said: 'It was welcome to see an emphasis on the importance of improving the existing housing stock.

'The proposed Bill is very much in balance with the industry's own agenda to focus on the two key issues of reducing carbon emissions and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.'

The confederation also approved the measures outlined in the proposed Corporate Manslaughter Bill. The spokesman added: 'It rightly focuses on joint responsibility rather than targeting individuals.'