EU takes legal action after UK stalls on green buildings directive
Britain could face huge fine for failing to introduce EU regulations
The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to introduce a series of green property regulations.
Failing to implement the regulations within the required timescale is punishable by a minimum fine of €9.6 million, plus ongoing fines of hundreds of thousands of Euros per day.
According to BD’s sister title Building, the European Commission has started infraction proceedings after the government failed to show how it would incorporate the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive into UK law.
The directive’s requirements include rolling out Display Energy Certificates to large privately-owned buildings which are visited by the public, such as shopping centres.
The government is also required to introduce regulations requiring homeowners to upgrade the energy performance of their properties when making home improvements.
Plans to introduce this change earlier this year were rapidly dropped after they were branded a “conservatory tax” by the Conservative press.
Andrew Warren, director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy, said the government’s failure to introduce the directive was “appalling”.
A DCLG spokesman said: “We are aiming to bring the necessary legislation into force to implement its provisions by the required date.”
The government has until November 21 to reply to the EC’s letter.