Give credit where credit is due: whether or not it acted in response to Dale Vince's ambitious green challenge, the newly installed Brown administration has taken a positive step forward in moving Great Britain towards a more sustainable future by stipulating that from 2016 onward all newly built homes would have to be carbon neutral.
Furthermore, Housing Minister Yvette Cooper announced that of the 2 million new homes that the government anticipates will be built by 2016, several tens of thousands will have to be incorporated into five so-called "eco-towns." These towns, which will have a minimum of 5,000 - 10,000 homes each, will have to meet strict zero emission standards and highlight specific energy conservation or clean technology projects — car pool and public transport schemes, renewable energy production facilities or communal heat pump systems, for example. The only downside so far is that the government has found just one appropriate site for its grand plan: a disused airstrip and barracks close to Cambridge, in eastern England. Though we know better than to simply swallow a government's bold claims hook, line and sinker by now, this is a worthy project (especially compared to what other western nations are doing) that we'll be keeping an eye on.
Via ::MSNBC: Britain to build five carbon neutral towns (news website)
See also: ::Bordeaux Quay - Britain's First Carbon Neutral Restaurant, ::A Great Britain is a Green Britain: Dale Vince Challenges Gordon Brown, ::Britain's First Biodiesel Train Takes to the Tracks
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