Oldham, UK — BRUFMA, the British Rigid Urethane Foam Association, and 29 other trade bodies have called on the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and the new business secretary Greg Clark, to stick to European Union climate change targets and transform energy infrastructure by 2020.
BRUFMA said: "Our association firmly believes that regardless of Brexit negotiations, there should be no reduction in carbon emission targets and [there should be] a radical transformation of energy infrastructure in the UK by 2020."
The letter, which was sent to Greg Clark, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said that EU laws and regulations on energy and buildings have played a leading role in enabling the UK to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases and to provide global leadership on climate change. A combination of EU and UK laws, regulations and policies have given businesses, investors and consumers the confidence to begin putting the UK on the path towards a low carbon future, it also said.
Clark's department combines the previous UK government departments for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Energy & Climate Change.
The key passage of the letter reads:
"Following the referendum, it is now critical that Government restores this already-eroded confidence by giving an assurance that, until the terms of leaving the EU are in place, all relevant EU directives and targets are still in place and the UK Government is legally obliged to continue to meet them.
"In particular, we call upon the Government to commit to hitting 2020 targets under the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive"
Click on the link to read the full text of the letter to Greg Clark.