CITB responds to APPG Green Deal report

Published:  09 October, 2013

CITB has commented on ‘Re-energising the green agenda’, the report published yesterday by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Tony Howard, head of new business development at CITB, said: “The report states that the success of the Green Deal depends on political will and strong leadership. This is a valid point, however the scheme’s success also depends on skilled installers that can sell the benefits on the ground and deliver high-quality work.

“The recommendations for a stronger focus on local initiatives and a new Green Deal for Registered Social Landlords warrant serious consideration. But whatever direction the Green Deal takes, one thing will remain unchanged: the low-carbon market is going from strength to strength through financial pressures as property owners to try and reduce their own energy consumption, and with it, commercial opportunities are set to grow.

“As the report highlights, low-carbon building has the potential to create jobs at home and also to drive export of firms’ low carbon skills abroad. Firms without the right low-carbon skills and qualifications will miss out.

“CITB is working to help firms of all sizes obtain the knowledge and qualifications they need to compete for green building work, whether this be under the Green Deal and ECO, or through wider government-led or private sector opportunities. Firms should visit to find out what qualifications they need and how to get them.”

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