Green Deal gets £13.5m boost

The government has announced plans to inject the Green Deal with a further £13.5 million

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey announced a £3.5 million training fund before the launch of the coalition’s flagship environmental policy. A further £10 million has been pledge to help improve the efficiency of non-domestic buildings.

After complaints from the Green Deal Skills Alliance about the lack of awareness of energy-efficiency measures among contractors, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) announced the launch of a £3.5 million fund to train hundreds of people in key green skills.

CITB-ConstructionSkills, a key partner in the Green Deal Skills Alliance, will provide £500,000 on top of Decc’s contribution of £3 million to allow more people to be trained.

Nick Clegg promised 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships last year and this funding is expected to build on his commitment.

Davey said: ‘This money will help hundreds of people gear up for the Green Deal and ensure this scheme is a real success on the ground. We have worked hand in hand with the industry to get this right and are targeting funding at the areas where there is an urgent need as well as a clear demand.’

Decc is also funding a £10 million competition to support the use of innovative technologies able to achieve significant energy savings in existing non-domestic buildings. This programme will be delivered in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). Details of how to apply will be on the Decc and TSB websites.

The government estimates the Green Deal will support 65,000 jobs by 2015 and significantly reduce the UK’s emissions and energy consumption. It is due to start in the autumn of this year.

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