According to a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), green upgrades to homes in the North of England could foster a sustainable recovery by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and driving down emissions. The think tank analyzed the effects of retrofitting millions of homes with energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, heat pumps, and district heating networks. The authors estimate that such a program could create 77,000 jobs in the North of England, in addition to 110,000 across the wider UK supply chain. Furthermore, the research indicates that such efforts could deliver a GBP3.85 billion economic boost each year for the region.
The North of England has a high proportion of ageing, inefficient houses, which contributes to fuel-poverty. IPPR is therefore urging the government to rapidly retrofit all 1.27 million social housing homes in the region. Marcus Johns, research fellow at IPPR North and one of the authors of the new report “Northern Powerhomes: A green recovery plan to decarbonise homes in the North”, said:
“Decarbonisation isn’t an option- it’s vital for our region, our country and our planet. Not only will it make a difference to the world we live in, but it could also help us to create high quality jobs in a healthier, greener, economically-just North.”