UK renewables policy will drive civils sector off a cliff, warns CECA

CECA civil engineersScotland’s civil engineering sector will “fall off a cliff” costing jobs and growth unless the UK government adopts a sea-change in its approach to the renewables sector, contractors have warned today.

In its response to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into renewable energy, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) said that the UK government’s current approach to the industry will result in a “near collapse of ongoing work” in the sector.

CECA has estimated that there is over £300 million worth of civil engineering activity per annum in the Scottish renewables sector alone, directly employing over 3,000 people and supporting over 11,000 jobs.

Research published by the Scottish Government has shown that renewable generation in Scotland is enough to power the equivalent of every household in that 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.”

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