ACCELERATING THE TRANSITION TO NET ZERO: THE ROLE OF PLANNING
The UK government has committed to reaching Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and many local authorities are pushing to reach this goal even sooner. As policies and regulations take shape to drive this transition, the critical role of planning comes into focus. In this article, we delve into the relationship between planning and Net Zero targets, acknowledging the lag in planning policies and the potential for strategic decisions to expedite the transition.
Planning and Net Zero Targets
Local authorities with up-to-date Development Plans or those revising them in response to the Climate Emergency can have policy requirements including:
Expectations for major developments to achieve Net Zero.
Requirements for achieving a minimum on-site carbon reduction beyond Building Regulations.
Consideration of carbon offset pricing when on-site Net Zero is unattainable.
Requirements for life cycle carbon assessments to be submitted.
Mandates for comprehensive energy, sustainability strategies, and post-development reporting.