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Tory £6,500 'Green Saving' for Each Home in UK
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Article Type: Cited
Householders would benefit from energy efficiency improvements worth up to £6,500 for their homes as part of the Conservatives' proposals to build a green economy in the UK.
The wide-ranging plan, set out yesterday, also covers wave and tidal power projects, a national charging network for electric cars, community heating schemes, and a high-speed rail network. Part of the scheme, an "internet" for electricity, using smart grids that would allow demand and supply to be managed in an intelligent and environmentally friendly way, was revealed in yesterday's Guardian.
The paper, The Low Carbon Economy, is part of the opposition party's growing green ambitions and follows the uproar at the government announcement yesterday agreeing to a third runway for Heathrow.
The Tories say their proposals would create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the green technology sector by 2020. The Conservative leader, David Cameron, said that despite the economic downturn, it was not time to drop the environment as a concern.
Green groups welcomed the plans. Greenpeace's executive director, John Sauven, said: "With Gordon Brown's green credibility in tatters following the Heathrow decision, the Tories seem to be taking a leaf out of Barack Obama's book and looking to stimulate the economy by boosting the green industries of the future."
The £6,500 for home efficiency measures would not be given to householders directly. Instead energy companies would insulate homes at no cost to the inhabitants and recoup the cost through energy bills. The bills might not rise, however, according to the Conservatives, as the new insulation would reduce energy use.
The Tory plans also reiterated the party's commitment to setting carbon emissions standards for power stations. The idea is to install carbon capture and storage technology at new coal-fired power plants.
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