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Government policy is driving renewables 'off a cliff' - 19th February


Engineers warn that the UK government must adopt a 'sea-change' in attitude to renewables to avoid a near collapse of the industry.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has warned that the UK's renewables industry is in danger unless there is a drasic change in the UK government approach to renewable energy subsidies.

CECA Chief Executive Alasdair Reisner explained that the government must commit to a long-term energy strategy based on a diverse energy mix and not deter 'badly-needed investment' in low-carbon energy.

'Policy changes to date will lead to substantial job losses within the industry and its supply chains. If those skills are lost, the challenge of rapidly reskilling the sector will be extremely costly,' he said in a statement. 

CECA has also warned that Scotland, which has evolved into a renewable energy hub for the UK, could face significant job losses and a curtailment in economic growth as a result.

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