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New report finds energy saving could create 10,000 jobs in Scotland

Cutting climate change pollution from Scottish homes could create 10,000 new jobs, according to a new report published today. “Warm Homes, Green Jobs”, a study by the Association for the Conservation of Energy and Dr Joanne Wade, also found that achieving a 42% cut in pollution levels from Scots dwellings by 2020 would provide a £4bn boost to the economy.

The study concluded that meeting the targets in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 would need the installation of over 1.5 million efficient boilers, 1.8 million solar panels, 2.2 million draft-proofing strips and 1.5 million loft insulation packages, as well as smaller numbers of wood fuel boilers and insulation for solid wall. The combined cost of the measures was estimated as £13.4bn in addition to current investment plans, which would deliver a gross value added (GVA) to the economy of £4bn and create or safeguard 10,200 jobs over the 10 years to 2020.

Download a copy of the report: Warm Homes, Green Jobs – The economic impacts of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act in the residential sector (pdf, 8 pages).

Simon Kemp from eaga Scotland, who commissioned the report, said:

“This is hugely encouraging as we can now quantify the fantastic potential impact the Climate Change Act could have on the Scottish economy. It’s always been clear that the Act was ambitious in its intent and we at eaga Scotland look forward to playing a leading role in the delivery of these world-leading targets for energy efficiency and carbon reductions.”

Chas Booth from the Association for the Conservation of Energy, one of the report’s authors, said:

“This report shows the massive economic boost that could come from investing in energy saving homes. Not only could we have warm homes without a warming planet, we could create green-collar jobs and boost the low-carbon economy at the same time. Clearly, investing in energy saving for our homes is a win-win-win-win for Scotland. But it can’t be achieved at current levels of investment: we need a step-change in spending plans if this economic boost is to be realised.”

ENDS

Contact:

Chas Booth, Senior Press & Parliamentary Officer
Association for the Conservation of Energy
0131 474 6194 / 07905 147552
 
Simon Kemp, Business Development Manager
eaga Scotland
07734 074 401

Notes to editors:

[1] The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) is a lobbying, campaigning and policy research organisation, and has worked in the field of energy efficiency since 1981. Our lobbying and campaigning work represents the interests of our membership: major manufacturers and distributors of energy saving equipment in the United Kingdom. Our policy research is funded independently, and is focused on four key themes: policies and programmes to encourage increased energy efficiency; the environmental benefits of increased energy efficiency; the social impacts of energy use and of investment in energy efficiency measures; and organisational roles in the process of implementing energy efficiency policy. ACE is a member of both Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum.

[2] eaga plc is a green support services and outsourcing company. It is also the UK’s largest residential energy efficiency provider. eaga was established in Newcastle in 1990 and operates across the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, India and Canada. It employs over 4,500 people.eaga works in partnership with central and local Government, all six major energy suppliers, local authorities, social housing providers and is increasing its share of the able-to-pay private market.Since its inception, eaga has made a positive difference to over 5 million disadvantaged households across the UK, by installing energy efficiency insulation and central heating. eaga holds the contract to deliver the £1.5 billion Warm Front programme in England, the cornerstone of government’s target to eliminate fuel poverty. eaga was recently appointed by the BBC to deliver the Switchover Help Scheme to ensure eligible households can receive help making the switch from analogue to digital. eaga is committed to co-ownership and is one of only a handful of UK organisations where every employee with over a year’s service is entitled to a share in the success of the business.Since 2000, eaga has invested over £3 million in the independent eaga Partnership Charitable Trust which funds research into solutions to fuel poverty.

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