Will Kirkman: inadequate measures to meet climate change.

‘Limited green measures’ Budget

Published:  28 April, 2009

BRISTOL: "Yet again this government has failed to tackle head-on environmental issues with Budget promises being likely to have relatively little actual (or immediate) impact; most of the green measures he announced were too limited in scale to have any real benefits," said Will Kirkman, business development director of Burdens Environmental.

"Action is required now, both for economic and environmental reasons. With problems besetting the delivery of real environmental change we look on course to underachieve on targets for reducing carbon emissions, constructing low cost energy efficient homes and failing to achieve CO2 reductions from energy and infrastructure. We are already at an 80-year low for housebuilding and public work is mired in bureaucracy, planning and cumbersome regulation.

"The Budget missed a significant opportunity to promote the use of sustainable construction materials which would further reduce industry emissions in the long term.

"This Budget was a chance to streamline the delivery mechanism and to reinforce sustainable requirements; one the chancellor has missed." For those involved in environmental construction projects, Mr Kirkman went on to state that the Budget was nothing more than 'tokenism'.

"The measures included will increase carbon emissions in the short and medium term, and are inadequate to meet the challenges of climate change. The chancellor has squandered an opportunity to enable the delivery of a genuine low carbon economy through energy efficient construction and buildings; he has underinvested in renewable energy schemes at the same time. "The chancellor, with this Budget, had a chance to create thousands of new sustainable jobs in the environmental sector and he has failed to do so."

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