Government launches green deal

Energy secretary Chris Huhne yesterday announced plans to create almost 250,000 jobs in green industries as part of the coalition’s drive to be “the greenest government ever”. Speaking at the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool, he said the “green deal” would lead to thousands of workers modernising around 26m homes to make them more energy efficient. CBI director-general Richard Lambert said: “We welcome Huhne's commitment to developing clean coal and gas through four carbon capture and storage plants and his recognition of the important role new nuclear power will play in a low-carbon future.” But he said the CBI was against the idea of raising the EU emissions reduction target to 30 per cent.