The news that 16 Conservative MEPs voted against the recent proposals to address the low price of carbon credits (see page 3, April 24 issue) must surely lay waste to the claim by David Cameron that his government would be “the greenest ever”.
Following the latest delays to the domestic version of the Renewable Heat Incentive, the government has been understandably quiet on this point in recent months, but with its thoughts starting to turn to the next election, it’s unlikely that anything that raises prices – such as the EU proposals to reduce carbon trading permits – will get an enthusiastic reception.
Rising energy costs will no doubt continue to provide new business potential for many building service providers, but resolving the carbon trading crisis is now an urgent priority if emission targets are going to be met in the next few years.
With the strident objections by the Lib Dems to the Conservative MEPs opposition providing evidence of the potential for increasing tension between the two coalition parties in the run up to the election, this may provide further connotations that will impact on the building services sector.
Although the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s latest efforts to reduce training costs for renewable technologies (see page 9, April 24 issue) will be welcome relief for those struggling to justify the cost, the move is seen as long overdue by many.
The government needs to quickly regroup and deliver on its promises to avoid further loss in confidence in the near future.