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ADE statement on Green Recovery | Priority must be backing a national buildings renovation programme

25 June 2020

The number one priority for Government must be backing a national buildings renovation programme as part of a green recovery, says the ADE's Head of Policy, Caroline Bragg.

"The UK is falling behind on meeting our carbon budgets. As the Climate Change Committee has set out, net zero must sit at the heart of our economic recovery. To achieve this, the number one priority for Government must be backing a national buildings renovation programme.

"Better buildings will create 40,000 real quantifiable green jobs in the next two years and nigh on 200,000 by 2050. Better buildings will predominantly create jobs outside of the South-East – putting decarbonisation to work to level up our regions. And, better buildings will be a crucial part of the just transition, allowing those impacted by these extraordinary times to reskill and be part of the future green economy.

"From the beginning of the pandemic response, the ADE has been keeping information on risks and issues moving between industry and Government and- in consultation with our members- we have identified key priorities for the Green Recovery:

  • Infrastructure investment to drive economic recovery
  • Aligning investment with net zero
  • Addressing regulatory barriers to investment
  • Supporting businesses to access low carbon markets and helping carbon intensive sectors transition to net zero

"We are delighted to see these priorities reflected in the CCC interim report to Parliament today and we look forward to the Government response to these pressing concerns. The choice of a U-shaped recovery or an L shaped recession, rests on the strength of Government's commitment to a nation-wide retrofit of the UK’s buildings."

- Caroline Bragg, Head of Policy

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