The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is the UK's a independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and to report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
It has recently issued a progress report which is not reassuring reading. The document is based on a huge review of the scientific literature by 450 experts from 130 organisations. The BBC have summarised the report
One aspect, amongst many, highlighted by the Climate Change Committee is the need to insulate buildings to save emissions. In addition, overheating has emerged as a significant risk - especially in flats. The committee believes the government must require improvements to improve cooling by, say, installing sunshades. Ministers must also ensure all new homes are built for a hotter climate.
There are a series of measures that need to be considered for our building stock:
With so many new developments comming to the area does Guildford need to do more to ensure sustainable modern buidlings? This may include making proper provison for air source heat pumps, better shading etc. The Design Codes being considered for areas of the borough are an opportunity to make new buildings fit for the future.
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We want our town to be vibrant, attractive and liveable. We support development that brings a sense of place and enhances the best aspects of our town. If such aims can be embraced, we believe Guildford has the chance to lead the way in enabling sensitive and sustainable development.
Pressures for development are increasing. Planning rules are being eased. The Society’s commitment to standing up for Guildford is needed more than ever.
Getting involved allows the society to continue its work. We welcome new members, from every age and background. Membership provides an opportunity for you to contribute to the continued health of the town and surrounding area, and to meet other people who care about Guildford.