Insulation Is Good for Jobs & Government Income
German research shows that for every 1 euro investment in insulation products, 5 euros are returned through an increase in tax receipts and more employment. The insulation industry calls on National and Local government to give priority to energy conservation in buildings through fiscal and other measures. Energy grants should be used to maximise the potential for increased insulation before subsidising other Green measures.
Recently, the German Research Centre, Jülich,published the results of a study performed by KfW banking group. KfW received from the German federal government € 1.4 billion in 2010 to support the energetic upgrading of the German housing stock. This money allowed them to offer 1% interest promotional loans and make non-repayable contributions of 12.5% of the insulation costs to anyone improving the heat retention of an older building by insulating the walls and roofs.
The final result? It was 8.9 billion € in promotional loans as part of a total f € 21.5 billion of investment attracted. This huge uptake saw 350,000 new jobs being created and the German government gained an additional € 5.4 billion in revenues, while public spending – especially on a social level (unemployment, social benefits …) – decreased by € 1.8 billion.
For € 1.4 billion investment from the government, there was a return on investment of 7.2 billion €, or a ratio of 1 to 5. Or in other words every euro that Germany invests in energy conservation in buildings, brings the government 5 euros.
According to Petri Ven, Sr. Advisor and Construction Standards Update Federplast.be, “this study confirms that the environmental benefits of insulation products is much larger than the environmental cost of it. It does not make sense for government to waste money on other Green technologies instead of more insulation.