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Public appetite is there for us to build cleaner, greener homes

By Clive Betts  

Members of the UK’s first citizens’ assembly on climate change in Birmingham. The assembly acknowledged the importance of housing in meeting the UK’s emission targets. © Fabio De Paola/PA Archive/PA Images

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, which I chair, was one of the six select committees that commissioned the citizens’ climate assembly last year. The assembly brought together more than 100 people from all walks of life and all shades of opinion to discuss how the UK can meet its legally binding target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We felt that due to the transformative impact that the consequences of climate change will have on our lives, and the significant changes to our lifestyles that may be needed to mitigate them, it was important…

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