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Embodied carbon regulations overlooked in UK Government's net zero plans

The UK Government has faced criticism for not including regulations on embodied carbon in its recent consultations, potentially jeopardising its net zero carbon commitments, according to the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). Despite widespread industry support and recognition of the significant impact of embodied carbon on building emissions, the absence of regulation in the Future Homes and Future Buildings Standards consultations raises concerns about meeting net zero targets. IStructE advocates for consistent regulation aligned with global standards to ensure that buildings are truly net zero in their lifetime carbon emissions, urging policymakers to address this issue urgently.