Local MP Bill Wiggin asked the Prime Minister if he would get rid of parts of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme which duplicate existing EU standards and add unnecessary costs to businesses, like Green Energy Supplies in Leominster who want to put low carbon and renewable technologies on the market.
Local business Green Energy Supplies in Leominster have been affected by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and the Prime Minister promised a meeting with the Government to discuss the matter.
Bill Wiggin said:
“Despite warm words about Climate Change talks at Copenhagen, It is the Government who are adding costs to local businesses during the worst recession in history. At a time when we need to be doing more to promote green technologies to reduce carbon emissions Labour’s bureaucratic approach is not only misguided but will act as a barrier to tackling climate change.”
Bill Wiggin, who also attended and spoke at the international day of action on climate change debate at Hereford Town Hall on Saturday (24 October 2009), added:
“I welcome the Prime Minister’s promise of a meeting. With the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference approaching, the Government must show leadership at home and support green businesses by abolishing the burdens and costs imposed by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme .”
Commenting on the problems faced by Leominster’s Green Energy Supplies, Richard Collins commented:
“As we import a CE certified and EN 303-5 (the European emissions test) tested range of products that can be sold and used legally through the whole of Europe I find it quite difficult to understand why we have to have European approved products re-certified for use in the UK.
“Having come from the agricultural industry I am well aware of the Labour government gold plating rules but had hoped to escape it in such a fledgling industry as renewable energy product supply as this is adding a huge financial burden to small companies like ours.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Wiggin and the Conservatives for championing this matter.”
Notes to Editors:
Extract from PMQs
Q7.  Bill Wiggin (Leominster) (Con): The company Green Energy Supplies of Leominster faces extra costs from the Government’s microgeneration certification scheme. To show that the Prime Minister is serious about Copenhagen and renewable energy, will he agree to meet my constituents and get rid of some of this gold-plating?
The Prime Minister:
No, the Government are doing more to promote low-carbon industries in this country. We are investing in the new technologies, and we are supporting a range of small, medium-sized and large businesses. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will meet the hon. Gentleman to talk about these issues, but I am convinced that we are doing as much as we can now—we will do more in the future—to help the development of low-carbon industries in his constituency and throughout the country.
Video online at: http://www.number10.gov.uk/number-10-tv/prime-ministers-questions at 24 minutes.