Green New Budget?
The Green New Deal will leverage in significant amounts of private sector funding to deliver energy efficiency measures, creating several thousand jobs over a three year period. This scheme aims to reduce waste, cut bills for participating households, sustain employment through the recession and modernise our housing stock. In light of this, the Executive has agreed in principle to engage and resources have been set aside accordingly.
Iain Osborne, chairman of the Green New Deal welcomed the budgetary announcement.
“We who have been involved in driving forward the Green New Deal are tremendously heartened by the overt support for our approach in today’s budgetary statement. We accept that we are in the early stages, and that the funds initially outlined will not deliver the ambitions of the Green New Deal in the short term, but we acknowledge that government has listened to the points we have been making, and responded accordingly.
"We will now be intensifying our contact and liaison with government with the aim of taking the Green New Deal forward into an implementation phase as soon as possible so that we can help create sustainable jobs, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and lower the level of energy waste throughout our society."
The Northern Ireland Green New Deal group is a coalition of 40 organisations and individuals from across the public, private and third sectors led by Bryson Group, CBI, Energy Saving Trust, Friends of the Earth, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Institute of Directors, NICVA, NI Housing Executive, Sustainable Development Commission, Utility Regulator and Ulster Farmers Union.
Find out more about the Green New Deal at www.greennewdealni.org
Read about the Green New Deal Housing Plan