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Carbon campaign aims to boost sector

A campaign has been launched to boost contractors’ chances of benefiting from legislation to reduce carbon emissions.

ConstructionSkills, the National Specialist Contractors’ Council and the Federation of Master Builders have joined forces to run the Cut the Carbon initiative.

The government last month said its Green Deal plan to overhaul the energy efficiency of homes and small businesses could create almost a quarter of a million jobs over the next 20 years.

It said that if all 26 million households in the UK took up the Green Deal, employment in the sector would rise from 27,000 to something approaching 250,000 people. The campaign aims to help small and medium sized firms understand the market, and to equip them with the skills required.

FMB chief executive Richard Diment said: “A large and growing number of clients want SMEs to be able to propose carbon reduction solutions, and deliver them. At a time when many small businesses across the UK are battling with the impact of the recession, the prospect of new work in the construction sector couldn’t come at a better time.”

NSCC chief executive Suzannah Nichol added: “We’re working together to help businesses get the right skills in the right place at the right time. Being carbon ready will really help SMEs carve out a future for themselves.”

ConstructionSKills is making the low carbon agenda a key focus of its work with businesses. The National Construction College is offering a host of courses to help SMEs gain low carbon skills.

ConstructionSkills chief executive Mark Farrar said: “Small and medium sized construction businesses must act now to up-skill if they want to take advantage of the growing demand for low carbon construction.”

Climate change minister Greg Barker said there were huge opportunities for growth in the market creating the low carbon economy.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.cskills.org/cutcarbon.