Energy efficiency could create 55,000 jobs

A programme to make buildings and homes more energy efficient would lead to 55,000 direct job opportunities, according to Greenpeace. An investment of £5 billion – equivalent to just 0.6 per cent of the government financial package aimed at stimulating the economy – could establish a number of measures to cut energy including a home energy MOT, subsidised loans for work and investment in skills needed to meet the increased workload. Greenpeace added that support for creating jobs by greening the economy has so far been poorly funded by the government.