01 Apr '11, 3pm

WWF have resigned from the Zero Carbon Taskforce today after the Budget undermined the zero carbon homes policy:

By removing appliances and their energy use from the definition this policy can no now longer be defined as "zero carbon". The change effectively transfers the task of providing clean energy for these homes from the housebuilder to the wider power sector. It will make decarbonising the grid by 2030 (as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change) that much harder and by transfering the costs from the housebuilder/homeowner to energy bill payers in general, what was a private cost for a homeowner now becomes a cost for the general public regardless of income and ability to pay. WWF can therefore no longer work with the taskforce, nor support the policy. This fundamental shift in policy will result in new homes being built that add to the overall emissions burden of UK homes. The zero carbon homes policy, as it stood, would have been a pioneering policy instrument for the...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/press_centre/?4799/WWF-U...

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