Energy secretary aims to create 250,000 “green” jobs in the UK
This week on the blog I wrote about how EDF Energy are planning to build four new nuclear power stations in the UK, which would create electricity and thousands of trades jobs. Now Energy secretary Chris Huhne has announced that he plans to create 250,000 “green jobs” for retrofitting homes to make them more energy efficient.
Under the government’s Green Deal, which is set to introduced by the end of 2010, 26 million homes across the UK would be modernised to make them more energy efficient. Private companies would pay for the insulation of the houses and then the home-owners would pay them back from the energy savings that result from the retrofittings.
Huhne has said the Green Deal will be a “revelation” and although the plans are ambitious, it would help to get Britain ready for a low-carbon future. He said:
“We use more energy to heat our homes than Sweden, where it’s seven degrees colder in January. We might as well be standing outside burning £50 notes. By stopping this waste, we can make big savings on bills, and use them to pay businesses for the cost of insulation.”
Huhne also announced that he is welcoming the plans for new nuclear power stations to be built in the UK, as long as they are privately funded. The Lib Dems were previously against the idea of nuclear power, but under the government’s plans to be the “greenest government ever”, they have softened their stance. Huhne said:
“I’m fed up with the stand-off between renewable and nuclear which means we have neither – we will have both. We will have low-carbon energy, and security of supply.”
Huhne’s plans seem quite promising, as the prospect of 250,000 jobs being created and making homes more energy efficient in the process can only be a good thing. For it to be truly successful, they would have to then extend it to every home in the UK. What do you think of Huhne’s plans?
Posted on September 23, 2010, in electrician, plumbing, train4tradeskills and tagged Chris Huhne, EDF Energy, energy, environment, Green job, jobs, Liberal Democrat, Low-carbon economy, train4tradeskills. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.