All the advantages of focusing on building refurbishment are clearly laid out in the latest European Commission document ‘A Renovation Wave for Europe – greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives.’ Renovation works are labour-intensive, create jobs and the investments are rooted in local supply chains. They help local economies since this is a sector where more than 90% of the operators are small companies. The design, installation and operation of low-carbon solutions often require good levels of technical knowledge, thereby offering new skilled jobs within local economies. This offers apprenticeships, and other forms of work-based learning like day release, to help young people into the labour market with green, vocational training courses geared to the renovation agenda.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng are said to be pushing for a new green homes retrofit programme in the wake of the recent decision to slash funding for the Green Homes Grant, according to reports. Bloomberg reported on Friday that sources familiar to the matter said discussions are underway about a longer-term domestic insulation programme that would help make the UK’s housing stock more energy efficient. The news agency said sources had revealed Johnson and Kwarteng were pushing for the programme, while the Treasury was said to be seeking to redirect funds elsewhere. Sources also told Bloomberg the government had decided to delay its landmark building decarbonisation policy plan, the Heat and Buildings Strategy, to May, two months after its original March date. The long-awaited policy document is expected to set out how the government intends to decarbonise the UK’s building stock, which is responsible for roughly 40 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions. The UK’s homes alone are responsible for 14 per cent of the country’s emissions, with the majority still powered by fossil fuels and poorly insulated. Reports that the government may design a new building decarbonisation programme comes just days after a new analysis from UK100, the University of Leeds and LSE highlighted that more 1.2 million green jobs could be created in manufacturing and construction if the government “committed to the green economy”. In a report published late last week, academics highlighted that the shift to a lower-carbon economy could deliver a “green boost in blue collar jobs” noting that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be needed to make the UK’s 29 million homes more energy efficient over the coming years.
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The Construction Leadership Council publishes a new blueprint for tackling the UK’s inefficient housing stock, as Bankers for Net Zero calls for policy interventions to drive green home investment. An expert blueprint for the decarbonisation of the UK’s housing stock has called on the government to invest £5.3bn over the next four years to kickstart efforts to retrofit the country’s homes. Published today, the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) National Retrofit Strategy sets out a 20-year blueprint to green Britain’s 28 million homes, which together contribute a fifth of the country’s carbon emissions. The blueprint – which is backed by 50 organisations including representatives of the energy and water sectors – argues that an immediate initial investment would kickstart the retrofit market and generate a raft of auxiliary benefits: creating 100,000 new jobs, saving the NHS £1.4bn, and slashing household energy bills by as much as £436 a year.
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