Keystone's Perspective on the King's Speech and Climate Policy

In just under three weeks from now, King Charles will address the world at the Cop28 climate summit, urging governments to take decisive action on the climate crisis. We, at Keystone Architecture & Design, with a longstanding focus on sustainable buildings, appreciate the king's longstanding commitment to climate action, as he has been an outspoken championed this cause for several decades. However, we find ourselves deeply concerned about recent developments in the UK's energy policy, which seem to contradict the urgent climate goals set at international summits like Cop26.


Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility

At the heart of Keystone's architectural practice is a commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Sustainable architecture seeks to create spaces that not only meet the needs of the present but also consider the well-being of future generations. Keystone designs buildings and infrastructure that minimize their environmental impact, reduce energy consumption, and contribute to a low-carbon, resilient future.


The Disconnect Between Rhetoric and Action

The King's message at the upcoming Cop28 summit is undoubtedly important and aligns with global efforts to combat the climate emergency. However, the recent announcement of the UK government's plans to issue new oil and gas drilling licenses in the North Sea sends a conflicting message. It raises concerns about the disconnect between the rhetoric of climate action and the actual decisions that affect our planet's future.


The Role of Sustainable Building Practices

Sustainable architects like Keystone advocate for holistic solutions that encompass not just energy-efficient buildings but also the broader transition to a low-carbon economy. Sustainable building practices aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and incorporate renewable energy sources into the built environment. These practices contribute to the overall sustainability goals that the government should be championing.


The King's Role in Setting the Standard

As a constitutional monarch, King Charles has a unique role to play in inspiring change and leading by example. We appreciate his commitment to environmental stewardship and his long-standing advocacy for climate action. It is essential that he continues to champion this cause and advocate for policies that reflect his dedication.


The Power of Individual Action

While top-down approaches to climate action may face challenges, individuals can still make a significant difference. At Keystone, we encourage our clients to consider passivhaus and enerphit design. These approaches empower individuals to reduce their carbon footprint and create a positive impact on the environment. By choosing sustainable building solutions, individuals can be the embodiment of the change required to create a more sustainable and resilient future.



As professionals at Keystone specializing in sustainable buildings, we believe it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our actions align with our words. The upcoming Cop28 summit offers a significant platform for global climate action, but it also highlights the need for consistency and genuine commitment at the national level.

We encourage all those embarking on an architectural project, of any size, to consider the transformative potential of passivhaus and enerPHit. These design methodologies not only contribute to the well-being of the environment but also yield spaces that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and conducive to comfortable living and working. While the journey commences with individual decisions, the true power lies in our collective embrace of these principles, enabling us to collaboratively shape a future that is both sustainable and resilient.