The decision by the government to put back implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive is an own-goal, according to builders and plumbers merchant group Grafton.
Paul Roche, Grafton Group renewables director says: “This is a rather short-sighted decision because one of the main drivers towards a strong economy and business confidence in the future will be for the UK to secure a cost-effective, sustainable and reliable source of energy.
“This should be the over-riding priority because energy security is essential for the UK within the global economy and it is the goal that has singular agreement across business, political and socio-economic circles.”
“The chancellor’s announcement at the Conservative party conference that the UK will not take the lead in Europe when it comes to cutting carbon emissions, is a blow for the renewables sector. It may be a short-term policy solution to certain difficulties, but to stall the momentum of the government’s ambitious plans means that the UK is further away from the ‘Holy Grail’ – securing sustainable energy for the future and thereby enabling economic growth.”