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04 Apr 2011 12:04:16

WWF resigns from Zero Carbon Taskforce

WWF resigns from Zero Carbon Taskforce
WWF has resigned from the Zero Carbon Taskforce claiming it can no longer support the government's policy on zero carbon homes following changes announced in the Budget.

The environmental organisation claimed the u-turn, which means appliances and energy usage will not be included within the scope of the policy, will move the burden of providing the clean energy from housebuilders to energy suppliers.

It said this will essentially pass the cost of the policy on to the wider public through increased energy bills, even if they do not have the ability to pay the higher costs.

Colin Butfield, head of campaigns at WWF-UK, said: "It is a shattering blow to find out, without consultation, that the government has taken a decision to undermine both climate and housing legislation.

"WWF is left with no choice but to resign from the taskforce as the 'zero carbon' homes policy comes tumbling down."

The UK Green Building Council also condemned the changes, branding them as "anti-green and anti-growth".

Chief executive Paul King said the new policy will lead to a fall in confidence, which in turn will cause lower levels of investment, fewer jobs and smaller CO2 cuts.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800485839-ADNFCR

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