Green building measures gain momentum
Up to 12,000 jobs could be created in the UK as more businesses than ever implement green energy strategies, decc.gov.ukreports.
With uptake in green building on the rise, the secretary of state for energy and climate change, Chris Huhne, has claimed that the savings to the UK economy are already becoming visible. This is despite eco-friendly building often being viewed more as a long-term investment.
As savings continue to roll in, increasing numbers of businesses have signed up to energy-saving schemes – with £2.4 billion worth of investment being pledged for financial year 2011-2012 so far.
This equates to the creation of 12,000 jobs in the sector, as businesses look to building cladding, rainwater harvesting and solar panelling to bring down energy costs; making their operations more sustainable.
Plans to source 15% of energy from renewable sources by 2020
In light of the advances, the coalition government has outlined plans to source 15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Speaking to greenbuildingpress.co.uk, Huhne explained:
“Renewable energy is not just helping us increase our energy security and reduce our emissions, it is supporting jobs and growth across the country, and giving traditional industrial heartlands the opportunity to thrive again.
“Our renewable target is less demanding than other EU member states, but the effect is bringing real jobs and investment. I do not want the UK to be left behind by turning our back on the green economy. The agreement to negotiate a global deal secured at Durban has reinforced major nations’ commitment to cutting carbon. We cannot afford to stand alone while the world wises up.”