Baroness Randerson has emphasised the need for the building industry to use energy intelligently and efficiently.
This was her key message when she addressed the inaugural Wales Green Building Marketplace in Wales’ Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 11 February.
“Energy impacts on all our lives – we need it to keep our homes and offices warm and our lights switched on,” she said.
“That is why this Wales Green Building Marketplace is so vitally important. We need government, universities, environmental champions and the building industry working together to ensure we use our energy intelligently and efficiently.
“We have come a long way since 2010 – over half a million UK homes, one million people, now have a solar panel on their roofs – but we must continue to strive for a greener built environment, be it our homes or our workplaces.”
Baroness Randerson said it was the role of government, both at UK and Welsh level, to create the right conditions for the private sector to take up the opportunities presented by the need to improve the energy efficiency of our housing stock.
“But we also have a role in government to make sure that includes things such as funding for university research, ensuring there are enough homes being built,” she added.
RenewableUK Cymru director David Clubb said: “This is the first time we have held this event, and it is clear from the number of people registered that this is a growing sector. We hope to build on the success of this and make it even bigger and better for next year.”