The UK Government should commit to at least an 80% cut in CO2 emissions from UK households by 2050, according to finding of a new report by the UK Green Council.

In the report on Low Carbon Existing Homes, the government is urged to train builders and tradesmen, “to give them the skills needed to carry out green refurbishment projects at the same time as standard building work”.

The market for creating a more green construction workforce is potentially £5bn per year, creating tens of thousands of jobs, says the report.

Among recommendations for creating more sustainable homes the report recommends that householders should have access to a ‘Whole Home Energy Plan’, to carry out low-carbon refurbishment and help to find accredited installers, grants and access.

The report, on Low Carbon Existing Homes, follows a consultation with the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, the Sustainable Development Commission and the Technology Strategy Board.

The report will influence the government’s energy efficiency consultation, due out later this year.

By Ozge Ibrahim