The size of the prize

A green-led recovery could deliver 1.2 million UK manufacturing and construction sector jobs.

That was the conclusion of research from UK100, a group of more than 100 mayors and local government leaders, published in March.

The analysis also revealed that Lancashire is the area with the potential to deliver the highest number of new green collar jobs in construction and property.

It said that more than 33,500 could be created or in demand in the county as a result of the shift to a green economy and a drive to retrofit to decarbonise properties.

Polly Billington, director of UK100, said: “Across the UK, the move to a greener economy will create thousands of new jobs in every local community. It’s really important we don’t lose sight of this critical long-term goal.

Peter Emery, chief executive of Electricity North West welcomed the green initiatives announced in Rishi Sunaks march Budget.

Across the UK, the move to a greener economy will create thousands of new jobs

However, he added that more is needed. He said: To truly set a path for that recovery, we urge the government to build on the 10-point plan announced late last year with even more focused incentives for businesses to invest in green growth.

“A city the size of Manchester, for example, could transform itself into the equivalent of a sizeable power station if enough businesses installed just one 5kW solar panel on their roofs and sites.

He believes changes to business rates would encourage more business owners to invest in significant solar arrays without increasing the amount they pay in taxes.

He added: “Furthermore, if we are to hit the region’s ambitious net zero carbon targets, we are going to have to invest in the energy efficiency of our housing stock sooner rather than later. 

“A new UK infrastructure bank will support large schemes but In line with the 10 point-plan published late last year, the government should also be pushing ahead with more schemes like the Green Homes Grant that will transform our use of energy, kick-start a green economy and drive investment in skills.”

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