Green Jobs Taskforce must support builders’ contribution to net-zero

The UK government has launched the Green Jobs Taskforce to support drive for 2 million green jobs by 2030
The UK government has launched the Green Jobs Taskforce to support drive for 2 million green jobs by 2030

The UK government’s announcement of a Green Jobs Taskforce, which is to be chaired by Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan, reflects calls by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) for a strategic approach to net-zero, with home energy retrofit at its heart.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “SMEs in the construction sector stand ready to build back greener, but they will only be able to do so if they are supported to train and recruit highly skilled tradespeople. It’s right that this strategic approach to green jobs has home energy retrofit at its heart, complementing the FMB’s call for a national retrofit strategy.”

Brian concluded: “As a start, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, should use the Spending Review to extend the Green Homes Grant scheme, and bring forward the full £9.2 billion committed in the Conservative manifesto to make our existing buildings more energy efficient.”