In the last couple of days, CBI president Paul Drechsler warned of the dangers of the construction industry “losing momentum” following the vote to leave the EU and urged the public and private sector to be “clear and decisive” with decision-making, and “keep the cranes going.”
While, it’s hard to say at the moment how much the construction industry and energy policy will be affected long-term by BREXIT and the loss of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the appointment of Greg Clark is seen by many as a positive. In the past, he’s been quoted as saying “Green policies do a lot more than protect our environment; they create immediate new jobs…and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels,” and Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, welcomed Clark’s appointment noting that “importantly, he sees that economic growth and tackling climate change are bedfellows not opponents – and he now has the opportunity to align British industry, energy and climate policy in a way that’s never been done before.”
Despite the challenges of BREXIT, one thing is for certain; at IES we’re going to remain passionate about our role in delivering green, economic and user friendly buildings, neighbourhoods and cities. And we’re going to continue to invest in Research and Development within this space.