UK households have written an open letter to COP26 President Alok Sharma, urging him to push the Government to develop a national strategy for decarbonising existing buildings. The call to action comes amid reports of rows within the Government about the cost of low-carbon heating. The open letter is being convened by Households Declare, a new campaign launched this week as an offshoot of the Architects Climate Action Network. Households Declare has been set up to help households declare a climate emergency – as many local councils and businesses already have – and to convene their voices to press policymakers to set more ambitious decarbonisation policies. Flagging the repeated assertation of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) that the UK will not meet its legally binding emissions targets “without near-complete decarbonisation of the housing stock”, the campaign is calling for the Government to develop a national strategy for retrofitting buildings to improve energy efficiency.
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