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More money for Low Carbon Building Programme

An extra £45 million is being offered to help bridge the gap between the  Low Carbon Building Programme and Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive, but some have described the budget as a 'wasted opportunity'.

The main budget report said: “An additional £45 million for small-scale renewable electricity and heat technologies, primarily through the Low-Carbon Buildings Programme.

“This will help to bring forward around 13,000 installations, and prepare the renewable supply chain to benefit from future opportunities when feedin tariffs and the renewable heat incentive are introduced in 2010 and 2011 respectively.”

Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council Paul King said : “Government has sensibly provided additional funding for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, which will make a real difference to some of the UK’s emerging green businesses.”

He also  welcomed the extra money for cutting carbon in social housing, additional investment in low carbon new homes and some funding of green refurbishment in public sector buildings.

'Wasted opportunity'

But he added: “This falls short of a comprehensive strategy to put low carbon buildings at the heart of economic recovery.

'More could have been done to really make green refurbishment affordable and attractive to home owners, businesses and the public sector, in order to both cut carbon emissions and create green-collar jobs.  This is a wasted opportunity to map a truly low carbon route out of this recession.”