On Monday 3 August the government called upon tradespeople to sign up to a new accreditation scheme called TrustMark, ahead of the £2billion Green Homes Grant Scheme; a scheme designed to encourage demand for properties to be upgraded to be more energy efficient all across the UK.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said the scheme is expected to deliver improvements for over 600,000 households, while creating an estimated 100,000 jobs in green construction.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Green home improvements will save people money on their energy bills, help to cut carbon emissions, and create new work for many thousands of builders, plumbers and other tradespeople.”
The new grant and TrustMark scheme has had the seal of approval from Mark Thornton, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, who stated that this significant investment from government will provide long-term benefits for the environment while helping people to save money:
“It will particularly help low-income households access much-needed funds to make their homes warmer. I would really encourage homeowners to apply for the scheme.”
But it’s not just homes that will reap the rewards. The grants for more energy-efficient and eco-sustainable buildings extend further than residential properties, with an additional £1billion programme to make public buildings, such as schools and hospitals, more energy efficient all across Britain.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the new scheme represented “a vital part of our plan for jobs as we secure the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus.”
During the UK lockdown, carbon emissions and air pollution fell by 60% in London, which has put the pressure on our government to kick-start the economy while meeting its aim of being carbon zero by 2030.
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