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Budget: Renewable promises must be acted on

The Government must ensure funding quickly flows through to renewable and high efficiency heating technology according to the Head of Sustainable Development at Worcester, Bosch.

Neil Schofield said:   “We welcome the news that the Government has announced a Green Budget with seemingly increased support for renewable technologies taking centre stage.

'In particular, the plans to invest in small-scale renewable electricity and particularly heat technologies; the £435m extra support for energy saving measures for homes and public buildings and the extra money to encourage local authorities to build energy efficient homes are all most welcome.

“But, as ever, the devil will be in the detail.  My first question for the Chancellor would be: is this new money or are we merely recycling previous announcements? 

'Secondly, will this money get through the labyrinthine systems of distribution that the Government so often uses?  The Microgeneration Certification Scheme is a good example of money being tied up in red tape and never making it through to either installer or homeowner.

“I hope this is not a Budget designed merely to capture tomorrow’s headlines.  We need real investment to encourage installers to become green installers and homeowners to take the lead in making their own homes more energy efficient.”

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has welcomed the introduction of tough carbon targets and green stimulus package announced in the 2009 Budget.

CIBSE chief executive Stephen Matthews said: “These proposals could provide a much needed boost to the low carbon sector and create many new jobs if they are implemented appropriately. It is excellent news that Government has committed to a legally binding target to cut carbon emissions by 34 per cent by 2020 as part of the world’s first carbon budget.

“Funding an expanded green industry is vital to ensure Britain can meet these new targets. We need to deliver the manufacturing capacity and skills if we are to deliver on these goals.”