The Green Finance Institute launches green mortgage training programme to accelerate the decarbonisation of UK homes

The Green Finance Institute (GFI) is seeking to catalyse growth in the UK green mortgage market by establishing a green mortgage training programme to drive the decarbonisation of the built environment.

“The GFI Certificate in Green Mortgages”, provides first-of-its-kind training on the real-economy opportunities provided by green finance solutions. It’s designed to help educate mortgage professionals to understand, define and sell green mortgage products.

The training scheme which is accredited by the London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF) and eligible for CPD certification, has been created by the GFI, which is the UK and Europe’s principal forum for innovation in green finance.

The programme covers the impact of climate change, specifically on UK housing, as well as the broader green finance landscape and how it impacts the mortgage sector; the vital role of housing in tackling climate change; emerging technology, grant funding and EPCs.

With 23% of the UK’s total carbon emissions attributed to buildings, there is an urgent need to decarbonise the built environment at pace and scale. However, there is a knowledge gap around green mortgages among customers, intermediaries and brokers.

Having successfully piloted the green mortgage training programme with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the GFI is now offering training sessions more widely as it looks to support the industry through its green transition. Rachael Hunnisett, Associate Director for Built Environment at the GFI, who leads the training, said:

“Decarbonising UK properties remains an integral part of our transition to a net zero economy. Our new CPD-accredited training programme will equip brokers with the core information and skills they need to develop a deep understanding of financing green home upgrades, and how to navigate and support customers as they seek to invest in home energy efficiency improvements enabling them to save money on energy bills.

We continue to proudly partner with finance professionals to support homeowners to make informed decisions, while driving the decarbonisation of buildings through education, insights and embedded skills.”

The GFI has been leading green mortgage sector innovation since it was founded in 2019. Last year the GFI launched the Broker’s Handbook, a tools to support mortgage intermediaries on sustainable financing options.

In September 2020, as part of its built environment focus, the GFI launched the Green Home Finance Principles (GHFPs), a framework of guidelines that promote integrity in the market by providing financial institutions with a consistent and transparent methodology for the allocation of finance towards retrofitting works in the UK’s domestic buildings

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