The £2m to be spent on schools, care homes and other public buildings in Thirsk and Malton will make a significant difference in helping them cut carbon emissions and is exactly what we need to be doing at this time. Of the £1,931,189 allocated to North Yorkshire, £470,000 has been provisionally allocated for works in Thirsk and Malton. The money will be spent on Malton Library (£60,000), Pickering EPH (£200,000), Hertford Vale Primary School (£20,000), Malton Primary School (£65,000),Thirsk School (£75,000), Pickering Infants (£20,000) and Luttons Primary School (£30,000).
More widely Yorkshire and the Humber is set to benefit from £187 million Government investment as part of an ambitious blueprint to deliver the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector and to cut emissions from public buildings like schools and hospitals.
The funding comes as part of a package of national measures announced by the Business and Energy Secretary that will create and support approximately 80,000 UK jobs over the next 30 years. The national pot comprises £171 million which has been allocated to nine green tech projects across the UK to cut emissions from industry, and £932 million to decarbonise heat and improve the energy efficiency of public buildings across the country, including schools and hospitals.
This funding announcement is really good news. The Government is committed to becoming a net zero economy by 2050 and this money will be spent upgrading some of our public buildings, particularly schools in the constituency, with energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures.
Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “While reaching our climate targets will require extensive change across our economy, we must do so in a way that protects local jobs, creates new industries and attracts inward investment, without pushing emissions and business abroad. Today’s strategy builds on this winning formula as we transition low carbon and renewable energy sources, while supporting the competitiveness of Britain’s industrial base. This funding will support Yorkshire and the Humber to become a low carbon industrial cluster, safeguarding jobs and capturing huge quantities of emissions. Meanwhile, our £154 million helping hand to schools and other public buildings in Yorkshire and the Humber will help future-proof the buildings, helping reduce their carbon footprint as we build back greener from the pandemic.”
Each project is subject to further review and the programme may change in the event that work can’t be undertaken in an individual property, for example owing to Covid restrictions.