Conservative Party Conference: Tories pledge 70,000 ‘green’ jobs

The Conservatives have revealed that their new Green Deal to create a low carbon economy will create more than 70,000 skilled jobs.

The shadow energy and climate change secretary, Greg Clark said he hoped 3,500 of the new jobs created through the programme could be ‘green apprenticeships’.

Speaking to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Clark said: “Energy efficiency is a triple win for the country. It saves money, it saves energy, and it saves our environment.

“[The Green Deal] will create jobs, fight fuel poverty and cut the country’s carbon footprint.”

The Conservatives have predicted that their Green Deal proposals could create 36,000 direct jobs in installing and surveying – with a further 42,000 indirect jobs in the energy efficiency supply chain – over the seven-year timeframe allocated to make the required refurbishments.

Coverage of Cameron’s speech on Thursday

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