Greens have called Labour-run Oxford City Council's announcement  that they will build eight new zero carbon homes [2,3] "highly misleading".
Says Green Councillor Dick Wolff (who lives in a truly zero carbon home ): "We are beginning to see a worrying pattern of exaggerated environmental claims.
Firstly, the Council announced a zero emission zone that isn't 'zero emission' - now we have the highly misleading claim that the Council will be building 'zero carbon homes' If you read the detail of the Council's press release you can see that they have excluded so-called 'unregulated loads' from the definition of zero carbon .
In reality this means that the carbon emissions from big energy users such as TVs, washer/dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators will be excluded.
The most common definition of a zero carbon home, used by most other authorities, INCLUDES unregulated loads."
Note that 'real' zero carbon homes are actually being built in Oxfordshire  - just not by Oxford City Council!
21st May 2020