6 Feb 2012, 9:15 PM
Newly appointed energy secretary Edward Davey visited BRE's Innovation Park in Watford today - his first official appointment since replacing Chris Huhne on Friday.
Joined by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on his tour of the Innovation Park he said ‘My priorities are very simple: green jobs, green growth and getting the best deal for energy bill payers. My department is already implementing bold and ambitious reforms - like electricity market reform and the Green Deal - to unlock private investment, drive innovation and build a resilient, green competitive economy. It's now my job to see those through.
Davey, a trained economist and an environmental campaigner since university went on to say "I have long believed in the need to marry our economic and environmental agendas. Greening the economy isn't just good for the planet - it's good for the wallets, purses and pockets of every British citizen too.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg echoed the need for the UK to compete in low global carbon markets saying, "There is nothing inconsistent about doing the right thing for the planet and for the economy." He added "We have scientists and politicians from China and Brazil coming to places like this [BRE] to learn."
The pair were given a tour of the demonstration homes on the BRE Innovation Park as well as meeting eight of BRE's young graduate employees.
Peter Bonfield, CEO BRE said "We are very pleased that Ed Davey, the new Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Nick Clegg chose to visit BRE this morning to see for themselves the ground-breaking innovations for the new build and retrofit sectors that we and our many partners across the private sector have been working on. We share their determination to enable the take up of energy efficiency and generation measures across the UK and around the world. We look forward to continuing our support of Minister Davey's department in this important area"
Responding to news of Nick Clegg and Ed Davey’s visit to BRE, John Sauven, Executive Director of Greenpeace, said:
“The new energy secretary Ed Davey is absolutely right to kick off his work by backing cutting-edge renewable energy technologies. His visit with Nick Clegg today to a green homes testing site is a welcome sign that the government intends to put British bill payers and British industry at the heart of a new green energy policy.
“To be really effective Mr Davey also needs the backing of the Prime Minister, who should ignore those MPs who are intent on destroying a new green British industry that could provide thousands of jobs, a timely boost to the economy as well as getting a good deal for consumers. The government should be doing all they can to make sure that Britain is not left behind.”
The energy secretary also announced today that 155 community energy projects across the country have won a share of £5.1 million of funding from the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF). The winning bids include projects to demonstrate wall insulation to the public, schemes to check the energy efficiency of homes and events to promote energy efficiency in local communities.