Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), said: “This plan is deliverable and realistic. The NFB stands behind Prime Minister Johnson to ensure that a pipeline of green jobs isn’t just created but is sustained. As the voice of regional contractors and small and medium sized builders, we know what it takes to enable industry to support these ambitions and stand ready to offer our and our members expertise.”
The ten point plan covers the following topics; offshore wind, hydrogen, nuclear, electric vehicles, public transport, jet zero, homes and public buildings, carbon capture, nature, and innovation and finance.
The Prime Minister said, “Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country. My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.”
Construction will be integral in helping meet our net zero by 2050 target and it was therefore pleasing that the Government listened to industry and extended the Green Homes Grant until March 2022. This will allow a greater number of installers to become qualified and accredited, as well as establishing the capacity to retrofit Britain’s 28 million homes.
Beresford continued: “It’s great news that the Green Homes Grant has been extended because the pandemic harmed its rolling out. By March 2022, there will be thousands more installers and many more techniques to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings, so we must view this scheme as a first step to retrofitting Britain’s homes and buildings.
Construction has taken net zero very seriously and the NFB is releasing its second carbon report, a reducing carbon emissions handbook, very soon. We can’t change things overnight but we can improve the knowledge of our industry so that progress occurs more quickly.”