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Construction gives backing to CLC ‘s National Retrofit Strategy

19th March 2021

50 organisations including representatives of the energy and water sectors are backing the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) National Retrofit Strategy which sets outa twenty-year blueprint to transform the nation’s housing stock to make it greener andmore energy efficient.

Last week the CLC unveiled CO2nstruct Zero to promote the high-level priorities that the industry must work on to reduce carbon, thereby playing our part in achieving the UK Government’s objective of net-zero for the whole economy by 2050.

CO2nstruct Zero will act as the focal point of engagement for the industry with the Government in preparation for November’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

The CLC National Retrofit Strategy is structured into four phases and calls on the Government to invest an initial £5.3bn over the next four years to help kickstart the retrofit market. The benefits of this investment would lead an additional 100,000 new jobs; a saving to the NHS of £1.4bn; and a reduction inhouseholders’ energy bills by as much as £436.

Andy Mitchell, Co-Chair of the CLC Task Force, said: “Given our homes contribute 20% of the nation’s carbon emissions it is essential thatwe start to retrofit them to make them more energy efficient. With widespread industry support the CLC is calling on the Government to adopt the National Retrofit Strategy to make our homes greener.”

Brian Berry, Chair of the CLC Domestic RMI Working Group said: “At a time of economic uncertainty and growing pressure to tackle climate change the CLC’s National Retrofit Strategy offer a ready- made solution for the Government to take forward and showcase to the world at COP26 in November.”