Builders' Merchants News

Paul Roche: backing the Bill.

Green Energy Bill will boost building stock

Published:  15 May, 2009

LONDON: The Green Energy Bill received support in the House of Commons recently, ensuring that it will now go to committee stage – a vital step in the legislative process. Promoted by Peter Ainsworth MP (Conservative – East Surrey), the Bill would pave the way to help homeowners and businesses reduce carbon emissions. 

In the current economic climate it would also contribute to making the installation of domestic micro-generation and other energy-efficiency measures easier – enabling homeowners to reduce their energy bills.

It will contribute to creating the right market conditions for manufacturers in the renewable energy sector to have the confidence to invest in the level of technological development that will bring forward the kind of new products that will serve to reduce building carbon emissions, according to Paul Roche, director of SIG Sustainable Solutions.

"We wholly backed the Green Energy Bill from its inception and we're delighted to hear that the momentum gathering behind it is gaining credence with key decision-makers.

"The energy performance of existing building stock is a major challenge for the UK. Although a major push on retrofitting and refurbishment could open up major new market opportunities for the wider construction industry and create thousands of jobs, this can only happen if the Government acts to give clarity and guidance on how this can be achieved."