Office buildings in England could soon take a breath of fresh air following the launch of a new industry research partnership to promote environmentally friendly energies in office buildings by Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers. The partnership, INREB (Integration of New and Renewable Energy in Buildings) is one of eight new Faraday Partnerships recently announced.

INREB will look at ways of reducing Carbon Dioxide emissions and accelerating the growth of renewable energy products in the U.K. With building heating systems exhaling 45% of all U.K. CO2 emissions, the partnership looks set to give the U.K. a boost in meeting targets set following the Kyoto agreement for the reduction of CO2 emissions by 2010. The partnership could provide an estimated 500,000 additional EU jobs by 2005.