Is the UK energy policy out of step with the rest of the world?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

By Prof Lubo Jankovic

Considering that domestic policies do not appear to be in line with the commitments agreed at the COP21 climate change conference, is the UK energy policy out of step with the rest of the world?

In the past few months we have seen a U-turn in the Building Regulations, which will no longer require all new houses to be zero carbon from this year. We have also seen a considerable reduction in subsidies for renewable electricity, and other programmes either being scaled down or closed down. The political debate has heated up as the former Energy Minister Ed Davey branded the current energy policy 'a national disgrace' and said that in his view the government was in danger of breaching its own Climate Change Act (http://www.cibsejournal.com/news/ex-minister-brands-energy-policy-a-nati...).

Putting the political debate aside, and focusing on improving our environment, we are organising the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on 'Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future'. The conference will show that there is a growing movement in designing zero carbon buildings and that we can do a lot more without waiting for the currently absent legislation to force us to do it, because it makes economic sense as well as environmental sense.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is 1st February 2016. Full Paper Submission is due on 9th May 2016, by invitation subject to the outcome of abstract reviews. Conference and exhibition dates are 8th and 9th September 2016. Full details, abstract submission and exhibition application links can be found on http://www.zerocarbonbuildings.world/2016/index2016.html.