Following recent meetings with Government, The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) heard late last week from Government officials that there would be a major announcement regarding energy efficiency in the UK.
The Government is now set to announce on 8th July 2020, a new “Green Homes Grant Scheme” that will allow millions of homeowners to apply for vouchers worth up to £5,000 to insulate their homes and also create 100,000 green jobs through approved suppliers.
The GGF was concerned that glazing home improvements might not be included however it has been confirmed by Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that energy efficient windows and doors, double and triple glazing will be included in the new scheme.
The Green Homes Grant Scheme is set to go live in September and is part of the Government’s wider £3bn investment in green technology to drive the UK towards its zero carbon 2050 targets.
On hearing news of the new scheme, John Agnew, GGF Managing Director commented, “Naturally the GGF welcomes any positive Government initiative that will boost our industry, the economy and help the environment. We will though have to wait and see the full detail of the scheme and then communicate the benefits to our Members and homeowners.”
There will be more details of the scheme revealed by Chancellor Sunak in his Summer Statement on Wednesday 8th July and following the announcement the GGF will be communicating more information and comment on the new scheme to its Members and the wider industry.