Reaction: UK struggling to keep pace with climate change impacts - Friends of the Earth

Action plan urgently needed to future-proof UK homes

Reacting to today’s (Wednesday 16 June) report from the Committee on Climate Change , warning that the UK is struggling to keep pace with climate change impacts, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy Mike Childs said: “The government’s response to the accelerating impacts of the climate emergency is totally inadequate. Ensuring that the nation’s housing stock is equipped for dealing with the climate challenges of the 21st century has to be a top priority. With more than one in five homes already at risk of overheating and with hotter summers on the way, a major retrofit programme is urgently required to keep our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The government should immediately ensure that all new homes are built to the highest environmental standards and make the future-proofing of our existing housing stock a major focus of its forthcoming comprehensive spending review.”

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