Policy Update from CE National
Housing Secretary gives warning of ‘severe consequences’ for cladding companies who refuse to remediate
Michael Gove MP has warned shareholders in three cladding companies associated with the Grenfell Fire that the manufacturers they invest in will face “sever consequences” if they do not come forward with a comprehensive financial package to fix unsafe buildings. The manufacturers in question were Kingspan, Arconic, and Saint-Gobain. The Secretary of State urged investors to use their position of influence to encourage the companies to “engage constructively in helping us [the government] reach a just resolution for all.”. Investors from Blackrock, Vanguard, and Fidelity all received letters.
This week Mr Gove also put the Building Safety (Responsible Actors Scheme and Prohibitions) Regulations 2023 forward to Parliament. These will create the Responsible Actors Scheme for eligible developers, meaning they will have to pay to remediate residential buildings for which they are responsible before being reimbursed from Government remediation funds.
Government responds to inquiry on Boiler Upgrade Scheme
Lord Callanan, the Minister of State for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, responded formally to the Committee for Climate Change’s inquiry into the Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme. The letter admits that, even with the scheme, consumers will still be required to financially contribute to any upgrades. With the £5,000 grant taken into account, a typical household would face an estimated £2,500 bill. The letter also left open the possibility that the Government could still increase the grant.
New Chair of important Select Committee
SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil was elected yesterday as Chair of the newly established Energy Security and Net Zero Committee, which will scrutinise the work of DESNZ. Elected in 2005, MacNeil was formerly Chair of Energy & Climate Change Committee, and more recently the International Trade Committee. Membership of the rest of the Committee is expected to be announced over the next few weeks.
Construct Zero Performance Framework Dashboard – 5th Quarterly Report
The performance framework includes 31 metrics across nine priority areas, each of which tells a story of how companies and industry bodies are working together to manage down carbon emissions across construction activities, the resulting buildings and structures, and the transport of products and materials.
The annual CO2nstruct Zero Performance Dashboard shows progress over the last 12 months.
A copy of the full Performance 5th Framework update is available here.