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Refurbishing old buildings reduces emissions – but outdated tax rates make it expensive

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The construction of new buildings in the UK emits 48 megatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) each year – that’s equal to the net emissions of the entire country of Scotland. The materials, transportation and construction processes for new buildings are all carbon intensive. Existing buildings already embody significant CO₂ emissions, which makes it all the more important to upgrade and refurbish – rather than demolish and rebuild – wherever possible. But as it stands, the UK’s tax system actually puts a significant financial penalty on refurbishment, while incentivising new construction – but there's a very easy fix to reverse this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1
JournalThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2019
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