Ministers could soon bring in new proposals to clamp down on emissions produced by the built environment, including a review of the National Planning Policy Framework to introduce whole-life carbon assessments of buildings in a move which could help tackle the 25 per cent of UK emissions that come from the builkt environment.

In response to a recent report from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), titled Building to net zero: Costing carbon in construction, the government last week issued a statement of intent confirming it plans to explore proposals for whole-life carbon assessments of buildings and new targets to accelerate emissions reduction efforts across the built environment.

The EAC suggested that a consultation process could start as soon as next year. In its new report the EAC urged Liz Truss’ new government to address built environment emissions and stated that its timescales need to be “more ambitious” in order

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