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Tories urge action on energy efficiency

Shadow environment secretary Peter Ainsworth said the Conservatives wanted businesses to help staff make their homes more energy efficient.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference Mr Ainsworth said “We want to provide incentives for employers to help those who work for them make their homes more energy efficient.”

He added that communities had to be helped to develop community wide renewable projects :
“We want literally to give power to the people, enabling communities to create their own green electricity and profit from it.”

He concluded that the Conservatives would remain committed to green issues despite the eceonomic pressure to try to develop more energy security and combat the effects of climate change. He also believes there will be financial benefits from developing hundreds of thousands of ‘green collar’ jobs.

He said: “Going green will make us safer and better off. These are difficult times.  But we must, and will, hold fast to the green agenda. It is the resilience agenda. Don’t let anyone tell you there is a choice between the economy and the environment.

'There isn’t. It begins with the places we all call home: our street, our town, our city, each individual action however insignificant it may seem is a building block to a more resilient Britain and a greener and safer world.”