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We can beat recession by going green’

PUBLISHED: 18:44 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, MAKING London greener as recession bites and more people are hit by unemployment has the potential to provide many thousands of new jobs. An immediate programme to improve the energy efficiency of all homes across London could create up to 17,000 new jobs for builders, joiners, plumbers, electricians, roofers, heating and structural engineers as well as builders’ supply merchants

Dear Editor,

MAKING London greener as recession bites and more people are hit by unemployment has the potential to provide many thousands of new jobs.

An immediate programme to improve the energy efficiency of all homes across London could create up to 17,000 new jobs for builders, joiners, plumbers, electricians, roofers, heating and structural engineers as well as builders’ supply merchants.

Their work would lead to an 80 per cent reduction in domestic emissions as well as saving a typical householder around £300 a year on their fuel bills.

In the longer-run, the goal should be to develop a strong green industries’ sector in London, which could create 150,000 jobs. There will be opportunities as demand grows for carbon cutting technologies such as wind turbines and hybrid buses in green’ manufacture, design and engineering.

The Mayor of London and the Government must create these jobs as a priority, with many people facing unemployment and with the need to tackle climate change and cutting fuel bills becoming ever more urgent.

Cllr Darren Johnson (Green Party)

London Assembly

City Hall


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