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£440 Million for Green Construction Projects Announced

15th November 2021

The government has recently announced the outline for its net zero strategy that aims to reduce carbon emissions across the UK’s economy. For the construction industry, this includes an astounding £440 million in funding towards green construction projects, providing a wealth of opportunities for those working in the industry.

Included in the strategy is the £180 million development of plants that will create sustainable aviation fuel. This will utilise a wide range of materials from household waste to flue gases, and even captured carbon. It is hopes that this will produce an astounding 70% less carbon emissions that current jet fuel during its lifetime.

Other plans include £140 million for two new carbon capture clusters for hydrogen production, £120 million for the development of modular nuclear reactors, £350 million for the electrification of vehicles and £620 million for electric vehicle infrastructure.

This is announcement has come at the same time as the government’s unveiled plans for its heat and buildings strategy, which will see homeowners receive £5,000 grants for heat pumps, as well as a proposed obligation for boiler manufacturers to sell a certain proportion of heat pumps from 2024. Read more about the government’s investment in Heat Pumps here.

With a raft of funding and projects already underway, green construction skills are set to be a much sought-after commodity with the sector. And following the opening of SIMIAN’s Green Skills Hub at our LASC centre earlier this year, there has never been a better time to upskill. If you are interested in boosting your career prospects with expert training in a state-of-the-art facility, contact the team at SIMIAN today.