PM wrong to axe climate department, says FMB

The Federation of Master Builders criticised Theresa May’s decision to shut the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The new Prime Minister’s move to scrap DECC came at a time when campaigners are urging the government to ratify the Paris climate change deal.

FMB called the decision “alarming” adding it signals that plans for improving energy efficiency in buildings have been pushed further down the list of proprieties.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, commented:

“Three years ago Cameron told his officials to “cut the green crap” and May has taken this further still by dissolving DECC. should make improving our existing buildings an infrastructure investment priority as the knock-on benefits for jobs and growth are enormous. “

Berry added the appointment of Andrea Leadsom, who opposes climate change measures, offered “little solace” and warned that by pushing green policies aside, the government would also be sacrificing their economic benefits.

He added:

“A programme to make British buildings more energy efficient would generate £8.7 billion of net benefits. This is comparable to the benefits delivered by the first phase of HS2, Crossrail, smart meter roll out, or investment in new roads. And unlike these large infrastructure projects, work to improve our existing buildings(…)could start tomorrow.”