Taylor Wimpey Wanted Weaker Carbon Reduction Targets

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MAJOR HOUSEBUILDER, Taylor Wimpey said the government’s proposals to cut carbon emissions from newbuild houses by 2025 was “too ambitious”.

In its response to the government’s green homes policy, Taylor Wimpey – which reported an operating profit of £851 million in 2020 – stated that the government’s proposed target of a 75% to 80% cut in carbon emissions from new-build properties by 2025 was “too ambitious”.

The response, obtained by Greenpeace’s research arm, Unearthed, using a freedom of information request, also described the proposed ‘fabric standard’ for improving domestic insulation as “too demanding”.

Fellow housebuilders, Barratt Homes and Berkeley Group backed the government’s carbon reduction proposals.

According to the consultation summary, Taylor Wimpey’s response calling for weaker carbon reduction targets was shared by only 3% of respondents. Most responses argued for tighter targets.

The Climate Change Committee recently called for urgent action on new house building and retrofit, pointing out the risks to human life if the causes of climate change are not tackled immediately. The building industry lags behind most other UK industry sectors in reducing its carbon emissions.

Greenpeace reports that Taylor Wimpey says it has updated its environmental strategy in the year since its consultation response, to include an “ambitious carbon reduction target approved by the independent Science Based Targets initiative”. The company says it is “fully supportive” of achieving the net zero emissions target by 2050.

While Taylor Wimpey says it also supports the Future Homes Standard’s carbon emissions target to achieve a 75-80% by 2025 in new homes, the firm also says there were a number of challenges relating to the practical implementation of the proposals in the green homes consultation.

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