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What is the Government’s new Clean Growth Plan?

October 17, 2017 featured image

The Clean Growth Plan is a document that sets out the Governments plans for a low carbon future.

This is to protect the natural environment and invest in the UK’s low carbon economy.

What will it do?

It builds on the initiatives set up in the Climate Change Act that the UK signed up to in 2008, dealing with the challenges posed by climate change and reducing carbon emissions.

The new plan takes things a step further, with a commitment from the Government to invest heavily until 2021 in new technologies and innovations.

They hope to find alternatives to fossil fuels, significantly cutting emissions, improving the energy efficiency of our buildings and putting an end to fuel waste.

There are signs that our low carbon economy is doing really well – growing four times faster than the economy as a whole – so the Government is keen to build on this.

We now produce around 40% of the global capacity of offshore wind generation and our skills in this sector are in demand throughout the World.

How will it affect me?

A significant part of the plan involves improving the housing stock.

New builds will be built to higher energy efficiency standards and older properties will be retrofitted to bring them up to scratch – wherever such measures are seen to be cost-effective and affordable.

There will be a greater emphasis on fuel efficiency and renewables so it’s a good time to plan ahead and think of training in the relevant skills

  • All households will be offered smart meters by the end of 2020
  • Fossil fuels will be gradually phased out and replaced with low-carbon alternatives
  • The RHI will be reformed to make changing to renewables more attractive and cost effective
  • All housing stock, privately owned, or in the public sector will be upgraded to EPC band C by 2035

Boiler Plus – what’s that?

Boiler Plus is an initiative that will improve standards for the 1.2 million new boilers fitted in England every year so that central heating systems are more efficient.

From April 2018 all new boilers will need to have an ErP rating of at least 92% and must be fitted with thermostats and timers for more flexible temperature control.

All new combi boilers will require flue gas heat recovery, smart controls and load compensation or weather compensation.

Train to get involved

We offer a range of smart meter and renewables courses which will enable you to diversify and take advantage of the growth in the energy-saving policies.

Renewable training

Smart Meter training

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