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Construction workers visit Gordon Brown to call for green jobs

Construction workers today delivered a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown calling for “green investment” which they say could create 100,000 construction jobs.

The group representing plumbers, builders, electricians and architects donned green hard hats and green collars for their visit to 10 Downing Street.

The group want to benefit from a green budget with investment in renewable energy such as solar power.

This follows the Conservative party’s recent call for a £30 billion green technology recovery, emphasising the role for solar energy in creating clean energy for new and existing buildings.

The group is calling specifically for the Government to allocate more Low Carbon Buildings Programme cash to satisfy demand for solar photovoltaics across the UK.

Solar photovoltaics in the UK has the potential to deliver over 100,000 British construction jobs by 2020.

National Federation of Roofing Contractors chief executive Ray Horwood said: “A serious approach to solar will help tackle the triple challenge of credit, energy and climate. Roofers want to be involved in this energy revolution.” 

Electrical Contractors Association head of technical services Giuliano Digilio said: “We want to see effective specification, installation and commissioning of renewables, as well as the improvement of overall electricity use in buildings. The electrical industry is ready and wants green jobs now.”

Federation of Master Builders spokesman Brian Berry said: “The Government has set its self a target of cutting carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and if it is to have any hope of doing this it needs to have a clear strategy for our existing homes, which are responsible for 27 per cent of the UK’s emissions.

“The building industry would also benefit greatly as new jobs would be created to carry out the work required in making homes more energy efficient.”