Retrofitting homes in N England may create 77,000 jobs: Retrofitting homes in northern England could create 77,000 new green jobs throughout the area.
This is according to current research by think tank IPPR North, that says the decision to decarbonise existing housing stock would also create 111,000 jobs all over the UK’s supply chain by 2035,
It mentions that it is important to take procedures such as fitting insulation, installing double glazing & removing gas boilers and switching them with heat pumps and heat networks.
The think tank adds that not only would this boost a sustainable recovery during the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic but says it could also deliver a £3.85 billion boost to the region’s economy every year and bring £5.61 million of benefits to supply chains throughout the UK.
Out of the 6.8 million homes in the area, almost a quarter were constructed before 1919 and 44% were built before 1944, whereas 1.35 million homes in the region currently fall short to meet the Decent Home Standard.
In the north of the country a tenth of households are fuel poor, an amount more than the England average.
IPPR North features that retrofitting homes will incredibly lower energy bills for these households, allowing it to be easier for people to stay warm, save money and remain healthy during the pandemic.
Marcus Johns, Research Fellow at IPPR North stated: “64 councils and combined authorities in the North have declared a climate emergency, but the nation isn’t doing enough to meet our emissions commitments. In fact, if everyone in the world lived like the average UK citizen, we would need 2.5 planets’ worth of resources.
“Decarbonisation isn’t an option- it’s vital for our region, our country and our planet. Not only will it make a difference to the world we live in, but it could also help us to create high-quality jobs in a healthier, greener, economically just North.
“As we approach an incredibly tough winter, during which time people living in fuel poverty and non-decent homes will be disproportionately affected- the time for government invest in a green stimulus into the North is now. But make no mistake, failing to do so will result in further ‘levelling down’ of northern housing”.
Retrofitting homes in N England may create 77,000 jobs