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Government highlights net zero target in school rebuilding programme

Ten year programme must be green and use MMC, as Green Alliance think tank points to a £14bn public spending ‘hole’ needed to meet climate goals.

Ten year programme must be green and use MMC, as Green Alliance think tank points to a £14bn public spending ‘hole’ needed to meet climate goals.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today announced the first school rebuilding programme in England since 2014, targeting schools in the worst condition, especially in the North and the Midlands.

The 10-year rebuilding programme will start in 2020-21 with the first 50 projects, supported £14.1bn in funding, which will be confirmed in September.

A further £560m and £200m will also be made available this year for repairs and upgrades to schools and FE colleges respectively.

“Rebuilding projects will be greener, helping meet the government’s net zero target, and will focus on modern construction methods”

The programme is part of the government’s drive to kick-start construction, however, the announcement underlines its net zero target:

“Rebuilding projects will be greener, helping meet the government’s net zero target, and will focus on modern construction methods to create highly skilled jobs and boost the construction sector.”

£14bn climate resilient funding hole

The announcement came on the same day that the Green Alliance think tank released its Blueprint for a resilient economy report, which places investment in net zero infrastructure as one of the five building blocks to establishing a net zero recovery post-Covid-19.

However, the Green Alliance says that the government has “underinvested” in low carbon to meet its own goal. 

“Our assessment shows there is still a £14.1 billion gap in annual investment in low carbon transport, buildings, natural capital and industry infrastructure”.  

Feature image credit:

Paula French P, Houses of Parliament from London Eye (CC By-ND 2.0)

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