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Energy minister backs Birmingham's Green Deal scheme

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Environment

Birmingham green scheme could be worth £1.55 billion and 3,000 jobs, MP hears Birmingham green scheme could be worth £1.55 billion and 3,000 jobs, MP hears

MP Edward Davey has heard how a council's Green Deal scheme could be worth £1.55 billion and could generate 3,000 jobs.

Birminham City Council’s Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) scheme has already enabled more than 1,000 homes and other council buildings to benefit from environmentally-friendly retrofit work including energy saving measures such as solar panels.

A project partner for the next BES phase – improving 15,000 owner-occupied homes – is due to be named in the autumn.

Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, met with Council Leader Sir Albert Bore, members of the BES team and officials from other local authorities who are interested in the scheme, and heard how it could be worth £1.55billion and create 3,000 jobs if all of the interested public bodies sign up.

Davey said: “As Green New Deal starts nationally in October, Birmingham is making some great strides on all aspects of the carbon reduction agenda. This work will ensure that the city is amongst the pioneers of the green industrial revolution, just as it was at the time of the original industrial revolution.”

The MP also spent time with community groups and health agencies in Bordesley Green and inspected work done on social housing in the area.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: “The foundations for a green revolution have been laid in Birmingham, but now is the time to accelerate the pace of change.  The benefits we can reap are huge.

“The Minister saw for himself the work we have done on the BES Scheme, and the ways in which it is helping cut emissions, moving families out of fuel poverty and creating employment opportunities – making it something all individual households, public bodies and local businesses should consider getting involved with.

“It is particularly essential we equip citizens with the skills to work within the emerging green technology sector because it is going to be one of the key areas of growth within the jobs market, and a cornerstone of our efforts to make Birmingham the nation’s enterprise capital.”

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