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COP27: ECA joins voices calling for joined-up policy approach
As COP27 begins in earnest, leading engineering services association ECA has responded to MP Chris Skidmore’s Net Zero Review, saying that engineering services are vital for national energy resilience, strong, sustainable economic growth and job growth.
 Actuate UK response
Contributing to a response submitted by engineering services alliance Actuate UK, ECA has voiced its concerns that the current government needs to step up its actions if it is to achieve legally binding national targets to reduce carbon emissions and drive energy efficiency and security. A coordinated effort is also needed to reduce energy demand, by making public, business and residential buildings more energy efficient and changing behaviours.
“The engineering services sector has an essential role in the delivery of ‘fabric first’ with its active carbon reduction measures in both new and existing buildings and infrastructure. Collaboration between government, clients, the product supply chain, the businesses that install and maintain products and systems, and users and operators will deliver effective, safer and sustainable Net Zero solutions.”
Actuate UK’s response to the Net Zero Review also highlights the need for consumers and businesses to benefit from consistent product and operational standards for Net Zero technology, and for product claims to be made clear and comparable.
Our journey towards Net Zero will also require greater engagement with businesses and consumers to reinforce and demonstrate how our behaviour can impact the performance and energy efficiency of a building.
The following will also play a key role:
skilled engineering services personnel to optimise, install and maintain the required technologies. All engineering services occupations have an impact on the Net Zero economy. Every engineering services role is being updated and upskilled, and existing and new technology will need to be optimised and maintained.
Reliable information for businesses on how to reduce their operational carbon emissions and engage with embodied carbon (the carbon emissions required to provide a downstream product or service). Business and Government needs to support the ongoing development of the draft Net Zero Carbon Standard, standardised embodied carbon measuring methods, mandatory product labelling and a national whole-life carbon database.
This article first appears on the ECA news and blog site as "COP27: ECA joins voices calling for joined-up policy approach" dated November 8.
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