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Green GB Week 2018 kicks off

The country’s first Green GB Week runs from 15-19 October - here are the things to look out for so far.

The country’s first Green GB Week runs from 15-19 October - here are the things to look out for so far.

The government-backed initiative will see a week of events and activity to promote opportunities that reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.

Each day of the week focuses on a different theme:

• Monday: UK Leading the world

• Tuesday: Technologies of the future

• Wednesday: Financing the low carbon economy

• Thursday: Clean growth as a business opportunity

• Friday: Climate action in communities.

Businesses are being encouraged to explore the Green GB Week toolkit for ideas on how to take part.

Leading the world

To mark the start of Green GB Week on 15 October, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed that the government was working on setting a date for achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

“On the global stage, the UK is driving forward action on climate change”, the Prime Minister said. “To ensure that we continue to lead from the front, we are asking the experts to advise on targets for net zero emissions.

“At home, we are growing an economy that is fit for the future. For our first Green GB Week, we are asking businesses and consumers to work with us to consider what more they can do to protect our environment.”

Green collar’ jobs

Other announcements on the first day of Green GB Week included the opening of an £18 million Heat Recovery Support scheme to help manufacturers become more energy efficient, and a forthcoming national competition to design a sustainable ‘house of the future’ in 2019.

A poll commissioned for Green GB Week has also revealed that 60 per cent of 18-24 year-olds - equivalent to more than three million young people in the UK - are looking to pursue a career in a green-related job. 

Green GB Week has collaborated with green news website BusinessGreen to create a ‘Future Jobs Hub’ that highlights the growing number of green skills and job opportunities across the UK.