Delivering Net Zero for England’s Historic Buildings: HE’s local data on the demand for retrofitting skills and economic growth

Historic England has published local data on the estimated need for retrofitting skills to deliver Net Zero for England’s historic buildings, accompanied by information on how areas across England stand to benefit from growing the green economy.

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…using our new online map, people can….see the average number of new workers needed per year…

Historic England writes:

We are encouraging the 38 Employer Representative Bodies responsible for implementing Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) across England to develop proposals to train new and existing workers on how to work with traditionally constructed buildings, including skills bootcamps, apprenticeships and training courses, designed to provide the right skills for local retrofitting needs.

By using our new online map, people can look at each Local Authority area in England and see the average number of new workers needed per year up to 2050, the estimated direct economic output this would generate and the types of skills – from plumbers and plasterers to planners – needed for their region.

Buildings in England are responsible for around a fifth of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, with one in five being built before 1919. On average, 86,500 new workers per year will be needed until 2050 to retrofit England’s traditionally constructed buildings in order to meet Net Zero targets, generating around £12 billion in direct annual economic output.

Investment opportunities from making much-loved local historic buildings more energy efficient, whilst conserving their historic significance, are quantified for towns and cities, allowing local authorities to develop tailored skills proposals.

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