UK in "catch up mode" on low carbon

Britain is playing “catch up” on sustainability, claims an industry expert. Speaking at BASELondon conference yesterday, Juergen Maier, Managing Director for the UK Industry Sector at Siemens said: “I’m genuinely […]

By Vicky Ellis

Britain is playing “catch up” on sustainability, claims an industry expert.

Speaking at BASELondon conference yesterday, Juergen Maier, Managing Director for the UK Industry Sector at Siemens said: “I’m genuinely really encouraged by what we’re doing in this country, but we are in catch up mode. We’ve really started to gain momentum in the last five years. Some other countries have been at it a lot longer.

He said that ten years ago, Austrian householders had the equivalent of the Green Deal offered to them, and it was “a complete no-brainer” to put solar panels on their roofs.

He added that “tinkering” with legislation like Feed in Tariffs weakened the impact of financial incentives by creating instability, which puts off investors.