Climate policy takes centre stage during party conference season

Any deal is better than no deal


Climate policy was once again a key talking point during the latest party conference

The Labour party conference was in the headlines this week as Keir Starmer took centre stage for the first time as party leader.

Despite the next general election being some time away, the conference provided Mr Starmer with his first major platform to announce party direction and future policy.

Amongst issues of internal politics, Labour were able to outline some major climate policy pledges, with shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves promising to spend a staggering £224bn on climate measures over eight years if elected.

With the Conservative conference coming up next week, it will be interesting to see how the government responds to this, with Boris Johnson eager to show off his green credentials in the run-up to COP26.

At the TTF, we have long argued that greater use of wood in construction and retrofitting is an excellent way of reducing both embodied and operational carbon emissions.

Through the recently launched APPG for Timber Industries, we will be looking to engage MPs on both benches on timber’s role in achieving net-zero targets within construction.

Aside from climate issues, we will also be watching closely for any updates in housing and building policy during the upcoming Conservative party conference.

There remains uncertainty in this area given recent policy u-turns and frequent ministerial reshuffles. Like most of the construction industry, the TTF call for greater policy consistency from the government, particularly in areas of construction, housing and building safety.

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