Net Zero 2050
What is net zero 2050?
With the increase of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions net zero refers to the balance between GHG versus the amount removed from the atmosphere.
Net zero 2050 is an agreement signed by multiple countries including the UK and clarifies our commitment as a nation to reducing the net GHG emissions by a minimum of 80%, meaning these emissions will be at the same levels as 1990. With other campaign such as 'Race To Zero' promoted globally, this ambitious target ultimately means achieving carbon neutral status in less than 30 years.
As the technical authority for the insulation sector and advocates of energy efficiency, The Insulation Assurance Authority (IAA) recognise the importance of promoting and committing to net zero 2050 and the energy efficient fundamentals to both businesses and homeowners.
The IAAs net zero commitments
- Support, encourage and highlight the importance of net zero to our members
- Drive positive changes within our organisation towards net zero
- Actively highlight net zero and its benefits in conjunction with other industry figures
- Encourage our membership to develop their own net zero strategies within the manufacturing and installation process
How The IAA are supporting net zero 2050?
Our CEO, Nigel Donohue explains “The IAA have been focusing on net zero 2050 from the start but need the support from industry, members and homeowners to ensure we have a bigger impact on change and continue to push the 2050 target forward. We are continuing to develop initiatives and work with local Government, local communities and industry figures to steer this change whilst focusing on increasing standards.”
Energy efficient measures
Our goal is to support net zero 2050 by providing quality assurance through energy efficiency measures that are backed by robust guarantees. Our member installers have access to key material including best practice guides, technical notes, surveillance and certification to ensure they raise the standards of the industry to allow homeowners to benefit from effective insulation installed ‘Right first time’, delivering the promised benefits
We aim to continue to support homeowners and promote the benefits of building fabric insulation in improving the energy efficiency and comfort of their home. Equally we will continue to provide homeowner information and advice helping improve the understanding of how behaviours and relatively simple actions can help reduce carbon emissions, deliver energy cost savings and improve overall comfort.
We will continue to work with key stakeholders such as BEIS, TrustMark, Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG) and Ofgem to help inform strategy, develop policy and ensure effective delivery of the overall net zero agenda focused on reducing emissions whilst maintaining the quality and standards for each measure and ultimately providing robust consumer protection.
The IAA, net zero and the future
We commit to continuing to:
- Listen - To our member, installers and consumers ensuring they have an effective voice with Government and the relevant assurance bodies such as TrustMark
- Creating key policies & initiatives - Champion Government and Devolved Administrations to assist in the development of key policies and initiatives such as ECO4, TrustMark and PAS 2030/2035 and the construct of current, future and evolving schemes such as Home Upgrade Grant, Local Authority Delivery fund, Public Sector funded works, Private Rental Sector Consultation and the non-domestic building energy efficiency. We will review the long awaited Heating and Buildings Strategy and seek ways to deliver it for the benefit of our members and consumer customers
- Promoting ‘fabric first’ as an enabler - Lead on promoting a positive image for the sector ensuring the continued acknowledgement of the importance of Fabric First Energy Efficiency Measures, as a key enabler for the delivery of low and zero carbon heating systems and for the facilitation of future smart home technology
- Lead by example – internally develop and maintain our own Energy & People Policy. Supporting those who are Significant Energy Users (SEUs) to reduce their energy consumption through behavioural change
The IAA net zero pledge
As a result, The IAA have created a Net Zero pledge and will be engaging with members to seek their active commitment to deliver the key objectives set out within the pledge, these are:
- To actively promote high quality, whole house retrofit solutions which directly contribute to improved energy performance and reduce carbon emissions
- To encourage organisational strategies and processes which reduces emissions both within the manufacturing and installation processes including those activities involved in acquisition, enabling works, supply, commissioning and handover
- To provide design solutions which consider the manufacturing, installation and ultimate disposal very much focused on the overall contribution to net zero and future challenges beyond 2050 (such as the need for technical refresh and resulting environmental impact)
- Disposal of products in an environmental way such as recycling, reusing and hiring eco-friendly skips
- To consciously choose, where possible, eco-friendly and sustainable products to carry out installs therefore reducing plastic waste including materials without packaging
- Educate and engage staff about net zero and encourage the reduction of energy consumption throughout mobile and static offices including transport.
- Review internal processes including reducing vehicle movement and the movement of stock from sites and warehouses to reduce carbon emissions
Sign The IAA net zero pledge below: