Professor Jacquie McGlade has criticised the cuts in support for renewable energy made in the UK and said the country is “shifting away from clean energy as the rest of the world rushes towards it”.
The UN’s chief environmnet scientist said the cuts in renewables subsidies, coupled with tax breaks for oil and gas, sent a “worrying signal” to the upcoming UN climate summit in Paris.
The UK appeared to have abandoned its leadership on climate change, she added, while 150 other nations were making unprecedented pledges to shift towards clean energy.
BSRIA chief executive Julia Evans said: “Professor McGlade is quite right to make such comments. It’s a very serious signal – a very contrary signal that we do not want to create. Since the announcements of subsidy cuts in the summer, three solar firms have collapsed, more than 1,000 jobs have been lost in the clean energy industry and energy investors have started to drain away from the UK.
“We understand that the government is committed to getting a global deal in Paris and meet its targets on carbon emissions in the most cost-effective way. BSRIA and its members will, therefore, eagerly await the outcome of the summit.”