The greenhouse gas caused by human activity is predominately carbon dioxide. It is estimated that 50% of all UK carbon emissions come from UK property.
The UK Government has agreed with The European Union Energy Performance of Buildings Directive to promote the improvement of energy performance of buildings within the Community. Each EU member state is required to transpose the Directive into law by the beginning of 2006 with a further three years being allowed for full implementation of specific articles. This gave the UK until the beginning of 2009.
The UK Government has established its commitment to addressing climate change through legal instruments.
These include the Kyoto Protocol, Energy White Paper, Building Regulations and Sustainable Development Strategy.
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is another implemented in line with these commitments and is where EPC’s come in.