CLC Responds to Powering Up Britain

The Construction Leadership Council has welcomed today’s publication of Powering Up Britain, the UK Government’s long-term plan to secure the nation’s future energy needs. The document’s recommendations and priorities align closely with the CLC’s own ambitions to drive carbon out of our sector, as set out in its Construct Zero programme and through the work of the Green Construction Board.

In particular, we welcome the support for the Great Britain Insulation Scheme and Heat Pump Investment Accelerator , which will underpin work for homeowners to improve the delivery of energy efficiency of their homes, one of the CLC’s leading priorities. The National Retrofit Hub was established (following the CLC National Retrofit Strategy) to address the complex challenge of delivering retrofit at scale necessary to make our housing stock net zero ready. The Heat Pump Investment Accelerator will also build on industry’s progress in this space, as illustrated by Construct Zero’s latest quarterly report (November 2022) which noted 55,000 heat pumps were installed in 2022 alone.

We also welcome the commitments to renewable energy, nuclear and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS), helping to solidify the industry’s understanding of the forward pipeline of investment in crucial low carbon power.  Construct Zero will continue to engage with the sector through its 200+ supporting companies alongside the Green Construction Board to continue this information sharing.

Matt Palmer, Net Zero and Biodiversity Sponsor for the CLC said:  “The government’s Powering Up Britain strategy lays out an exciting future for the UK on its journey to Net Zero in particularly in the built environment, which the  construction industry has a leading role to play in delivering. The CLC will be bringing the full weight of the construction industry to bear in supporting the government to implement the measures. It is clear that now is the time for action as an industry we now need to move from theory to delivering our transition to Net Zero.”


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