The UK Green Building Council and the construction industry has warned the Government to be cautious when thinking of cuts to “green levies” on energy bills as it could risks the loss of 10,000 construction and insulation jobs.
The body warns that there could be job cuts before Christmas if the Chancellor unveils measures to cut or scale-back Energy Company Obligation in the Autumn statement on 5 December.
Rob Lambe, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Energy Services, said: “We have invested heavily in establishing a business to respond to the projected market opportunities of energy efficiency under ECO. Over the next year we anticipated employing more than 400 tradesmen installing insulation to solid walled properties.”
“But if ECO funding is cut, this work will simply come to a grinding halt and these jobs will be lost, with thousands more at risk in the wider industry.”
The Association of the Conservation of Energy has estimated that there are currently 33,000 people in employment as a result of ECO and the Green Deal.
Prime Minister David Cameron has already given the impression he will be scaling back the green levies following the public debate on the cost they add to household energy bills, even though according to the Government’s own project the number of jobs will rise to 60,000 jobs in 2015.
Paul King, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “The Prime Minister needs to realise that going after ECO in a bid to cut household energy bills could end up costing 10,000 construction and insulation jobs. That will decimate the very industry that is helping people – including some of the most vulnerable in society – reduce their bills in the long-term.”
Recipro sourced this article from Construction Enquirer.