24 Sep 2010 10:09:10
UK is 'laughing stock of Europe' for climate initiatives
The UK is the "laughing stock of Europe" in terms of eco-incentives and climate initiatives, according one microgeneration expert.
Commenting on the government's recent announcement about the Green Deal, Andrew Moore, founder of British Eco, said that the initiative must form "part of the bigger picture".
Some 26 million households are expected to benefit from the Green Deal, which allows people to make energy-efficient improvements to their properties without the upfront cost, over the next 20 years.
The programme is intended to reduce both carbon emissions and energy bills, and, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, it will also help to support 250,000 UK jobs.
Mr Moore said: "On climate issues, we are the laughing stock of Europe really, and we need to get going with it."
However, he added that the Renewable Heat Incentive, which would reward homeowners for generating green thermal energy from technology such as solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, could "revolutionise the market".