The Construction Products Association has welcomed the launch of the government’s Heat and Energy Saving Strategy consultation, but is warning that unless there are clear mechanisms for delivering the targets that are being proposed, manufacturers and suppliers may not have the confidence to make the scale of investment needed.
Speaking after the launch, Michael Ankers, chief executive of the Construction Products Association said: ‘This kind of ambitious long term programme is what the Association has been pressing the government to commit to for some time, and we are particularly encouraged that they have made clear that it can only be delivered in partnership with industry.
“For this partnership to succeed, however, industry needs confidence that governments over the next decades will continue to make the necessary finance available and maintain the right kind of delivery mechanisms irrespective of party politics to ensure that these targets are met. In the past too many government programmes affecting our industry have set out with ambitious targets, but failed on the delivery. The refurbishment of 7 million homes to the standard expected by 2020, and all buildings by 2030, requires substantial public and private sector investment, and companies need to be confident that the programme can be delivered before embarking on such a commitment.
“As Ministers have made clear, this is a ‘revolution’ of enormous scale and we estimate it is likely to cost between £300 and £500 billion. But there is no alternative if we are to deliver the 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions for the UK by 2050.'