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Climate Change Minister Checks in at Manchester Green Expo

10 May 2013

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker attended the Greenbuild Expo this week to talk about housing, sustainability and the Green Deal.

Barker made the trip to the Manchester event as a part of an on-going campaign to build awareness and support for the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, which launched back in January.

“The scheme is helping to transform the health and lives of thousands of people by giving them easy access to improvements that are not only helping the environment but also adding value to their homes and saving them money on their energy bills,” Barker explained.

Greater Manchester and the Green Deal

Representative of 10 local authorities, private sector businesses, the University of Salford, and the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, amongst others, gathered at the Greenbuild Expo – which was held on May 8 and 9 – to discuss efforts to reduce carbon footprints.

The Greater Manchester area is looking for a 48% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

The Green Deal is aiming to play an important role in whether the region will be successful or not.

Greater Manchester is one of the Green Deal’s ‘Go Early’ pilot areas. Reports reveal that 584 Green Deal Assessments have already been carried out within the region, with 555 Green Deal Plans being agreed.

Barker said: “I’m delighted residents across Greater Manchester are taking advantage of the benefits offered by the Green Deal.”

The plans being agreed include approval for energy efficient measures such as Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation.

Employment and Training

In addition to offering financial and energy saving, the Government also expects the Green Deal to generate employment, adding much-needed support to the nation’s economy.

It is estimated that this latest initiative and other energy efficiency schemes – including the ‘Get Me Toasty’ campaign and the Greater Manchester Energy Switch – already account for 37,000 jobs in the area, generating £5.4bn in revenue.

These numbers will be good news for the Government, which hopes to generate 250,000 jobs by 2030. It is expected that 60,000 of these will come within the insulation sector.

To accommodate the need for home insulation – including Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation – an increase in the number of college courses offering appropriate training is expected.


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