The impact of carbon emissions on our environment has never been clearer. But for meaningful change to happen, urgent action is required within the construction industry. We’re ready to play our part in building a cleaner future for all.
From the materials needed to build your home to the energy required to power your lifestyle, all our developments are built with a commitment to improving industry performance. Whether it’s sourcing sustainable suppliers, enhancing natural environments, or incorporating renewable technology, we’re on track to become a net zero developer by 2050.
As part of our journey to become carbon neutral, all our homes are designed and built to be energy efficient. As standard, you can expect highly insulated walls and ceilings through to solar panels and energy-saving appliances. It means you play your part to protect the planet, while saving money on energy bills.
Net zero refers to the state in which greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere are balanced by removal of carbon from the atmosphere. Once balance is met, net zero is achieved and global warming stops.
But to achieve net zero, emissions from homes, transport and industry must reduce the amount of carbon they put into the atmosphere. For industries such as aviation, agriculture and construction, it may be too expensive and complex to cut emissions altogether.
From the extinction of species and melting of icecaps to changing weather patterns threatening our homes, businesses and communities, we’re already experiencing the impact of global warming.
If we’re to limit the average global temperature to 1.5℃, the construction industry (and other high-emission sectors) must pursue efforts to reach net zero by 2050 or before. Delaying action would only put future generations at risk of severe and irreversible changes to the environment.
Although figures released in March 2021 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, state UK emissions have reduced by 48.8% from 1990, more work is required – particularly on how we use energy in our lives.
The Committee on Climate Change is confident we can reach net zero by using currently known technologies. But it will also require a commitment from all industries as well as clear and consistent future guidance from governing bodies.
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, EDF Energy share some simple tips to help you start your journey today.