A stark warning has been issued by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) that unless the Government amends its current approach towards the renewables sector, the industry will “fall off a cliff”, resulting in job loss and lack of growth.
The warning came as a response to the Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into renewable energy.
CECA say that renewables play a vital role in industry growth, and that there is currently over £300m of civil engineering activity per annum in the Scottish renewable energy sector alone, which is responsible for directly employing 3,000+ workers and supporting over 11,000 jobs. Backing up this statement, recent research published by the Scottish Government indicated that renewable energy generation alone in Scotland produces enough power to supply the equivalent of every household in the country.
CECA Chief Executive, Alasdair Reisner said “CECA has long argued that the UK Government must commit to a long-term energy strategy based on a diverse energy mix that does not deter badly-needed investment to enable a safe and secure energy supply.”
“The UK Government’s policy of removing support for the renewables sector is extremely disappointing, as the sector had been making substantial progress towards cost efficiency during the lifetime of this Parliament.”
“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.”
“We call on the UK Government to reassess its approach to the renewables sector, adopt an evidence-based approach to renewables policy, and recognise the role it must play in providing the diverse energy portfolio the country needs.”