Coalition governement discouraging investment in green construction

The construction industry is becoming increasingly impatient with the lack of growth and public investment for green construction under current government policies.  Think tank Edge criticised the government’s financial approach  and wrote to chancellor George Osborne ”Recent announcements have not only directly damaged businesses gearing up to deliver a low carbon built environment, but critically have jeopardised confidence in the robustness and longevity of other government carbon reduction programmes.”

The solar industry has also sent a letter to prime minister David Cameron disputing the governments plan to cut feed-in tariffs for solar electricity in half, which will apply from April 2012 to all installations completed after 12 December.  The letter signed by 200 solar energy companies stated that if the UK is to prosper in solar energy solutions, decision making must be based on current data with a clear understanding of the benefits.