Property industry calls for carbon-cutting framework
Property developers, the government and regulatory bodies should come together to develop a clear-cut carbon-measurement framework, according to the British Property Federation (BPF).
The BPF is calling for clearer financial incentives and fines to help meet carbon emission targets within British industry, reports BusinessGreen.com.
It also wants the government to implement a single measurement and reporting framework for the property sector in order to harmonise the different reporting standards that have been put forward by bodies that include the Global Reporting Initiative and the Building Research Establishment.
Liz Peace, chief executive of the BPF, told delegates at the Low Carbon World conference that it is the role of the government to "work out exactly how best they can support the industry with appropriate fiscal incentives and where necessary, penalties".
She conceded that the government is not short of policies but pointed out that they lack direction and cohesion, which could lead to a lack of confidence in the green agenda.
The Federation of Master Builders recently launched its Building a Greener Britain campaign, which is an attempt to press the government into committing to the development of low-carbon and sustainable communities.
Article Date: 21 April 2008
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