Skills shortage means Government must opt for retrofitting or new builds

Up to 20,000 specialists needed for retrofitting scheme, says climate expert

A retrofitting scheme is likely to form a major part of the Government’s new plan to tackle climate change, which Taoiseach Micheál Martin said on Tuesday would be ready by the autumn. Photograph: Getty

A retrofitting scheme is likely to form a major part of the Government’s new plan to tackle climate change, which Taoiseach Micheál Martin said on Tuesday would be ready by the autumn. Photograph: Getty

The Government will have to choose between retrofitting houses to make them more energy efficient or building new homes due to a shortage of qualified workers, a member of the Climate Change Advisory Council has warned.

Prof John FitzGerald, who formerly chaired the council, said up to 20,000 specialists would be needed to retrofit houses every year in response to the climate crisis but that workers were already in short supply as the Government grapples with the housing shortage.

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