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Government announce blueprint to cut emissions from industry, school and hospital buildings

On 17 March 2021 the UK government released a blueprint to slash emissions from industry, schools, and hospitals – creating green jobs at the same time.

On 17 March 2021 the UK Business and Energy Secretary announced an ambitious blueprint to deliver the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector – with over £1 billion of funding allocated to the plan.

The plan would cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals and create over 80,000 green jobs in the industry.

The government will also introduce new rules on measuring the energy and carbon performance of the UK’s largest commercial and industrial buildings, including office blocks and factories, in England and Wales. This could provide savings to businesses of around £2 billion per year in energy costs in 2030 and reduce annual carbon emissions by over 2 million tonnes – approximately 10% of the current emissions from commercial and industrial buildings.

While reaching our climate targets will require extensive change across our economy, we must do so in a way that protects jobs, creates new industries and attracts inward investment – without pushing emissions and business abroad.

Ahead of COP26, the UK is showing the world how we can cut emissions, create jobs and unleash private investment and economic growth. Today’s strategy builds on this winning formula as we transition low carbon and renewable energy sources, while supporting the competitiveness of Britain’s industrial base.

Kwasi Kwarteng, Business and Energy Secretary

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