Greens pledge 100,000 energy efficient homes a year

Pledge comes with the creation of low-carbon jobs such as retro-fitting homes with appropriate insulation.

Sian Berry

The Green Party has put a pledge to build 100,000 new energy-efficient homes a year at the forefront of its election campaign.

That comes with the creation of “hundreds of thousands” of low-carbon jobs – many found through retro-fitting homes with appropriate insulation.

Launching the campaign in Bristol today (6th Nov), joint party leader Sian Berry spoke of 12th December as “climate election” with a commitment to make the UK carbon neutral by 2030.

“Some things are bigger than Brexit,” she said.

Berry said the Greens were ready to borrow £100bn a year over the next decade in a bid to rid the UK of fossil fuels – increasing corporation tax by 5% in an attempt to service the debt.

Labour has already committed to a ‘zero carbon standard’ for all new homes, having seen the standard set out by the last Labour government scrapped by the Tories in 2015.

The Labour plan has all new homes zero carbon within three years – pitching energy-bill savings of £200 a year.

Outlined plans include fitting all new homes are fitted with solar panels, super-efficient insulation, and triple-glazed windows – reducing the use of fossil fuel heating systems such as gas boilers as standard.

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