The Prime Minister has set out his ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, with the aim of creating new green jobs across the country and accelerating work to cut the UK’s carbon emissions.
The plan includes a range of measures intended to make homes greener, warmer and more energy efficient.
This includes news that the Green Homes Grant scheme will receive additional funding and be extended for a further year. We have been calling for the scheme to be extended in order to allow our members more time to plan, procure and deliver retrofit work. We therefore welcome the extension of the scheme and the additional investment.
The plan also sets out a range of ambitions on developing the UK’s hydrogen economy, including plans for the UK’s first hydrogen neighbourhood by 2023, first hydrogen village by 2025, and first hydrogen town by 2030 (equivalent to tens of thousands of homes). It also sets a target to install 60,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
The plan seeks to build momentum ahead of COP26, the major UN Conference on Climate Change taking place in Glasgow next year, which our chief executive recently wrote about.
We expect more announcements and policy details in the coming weeks, in the form of the Treasury's Spending Review, the Energy White Paper and the Heat and Buildings Strategy, and will update our members as further information becomes available.