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Response to the Government’s Announcement on its Net Zero Strategy

The proposed announcements by the Prime Minister yesterday and their implications remind us, at 21°, that the current government could be missing a significant opportunity to improve the living conditions and the livelihood of many through improving green policies for the UK.

At 21°, we are a company deeply committed to enhancing the energy performance of buildings across the United Kingdom. Our nearly 30 years of experience have taught us that our work contributes to environmental sustainability and significantly impacts the well-being and health of the people who inhabit more energy efficient buildings.

A well insulated, energy efficient building provides a comfortable indoor environment. Proper temperature control, adequate ventilation, and consistent humidity levels improve occupants’ comfort. Studies have consistently shown that comfortable workers are more productive, providing economic benefits for businesses and the nation.

Energy efficient buildings, which we provide products and services for, are designed with better indoor air quality in mind. This reduces the risk of indoor pollutants and allergens, which can lead to respiratory problems and other health issues. Moreover, access to natural light and well-ventilated spaces positively impacts mental health, reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. This, in turn, helps reduce strain on healthcare. Healthier indoor environments result in fewer instances of illness, thereby reducing the burden on healthcare systems. This is especially relevant considering the recent pressures on our healthcare services.

Improving building energy performance leads to substantial cost savings for homeowners and businesses. Lower energy bills put more money in the pockets of citizens and allow companies to reinvest in growth and job creation. This economic boost is particularly vital in challenging times.

And, of course, the energy efficiency of buildings directly affects the nation’s carbon emissions. By improving building performance, we lower energy consumption and reduce the environmental footprint. This all contributes to the UK’s commitments to combat climate change, demonstrating international leadership in sustainability, which the Prime Minister needs to remember he made pledges for the UK to lead.

Our customers and our work over the last 30 years demonstrate the impetus and desire that people have to improve their homes and buildings for the better. As such, we urge the government to prioritise policies and incentives that promote improved building energy performance, not limit it. The benefits are multifaceted: from economic gains to enhanced public health and a sustainable future. Neglecting this issue would leave our nation at a severe disadvantage.

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