Ministers urged to set better eco-friendly targets for businesses

The British public wants the government to do more to encourage businesses and homeowners to improve their carbon footprint, according to a new survey.

Seventy one per cent of homeowners admit that they would consider installing green energy systems in their homes if they were paid enough cash, the Friends of the Earth (FoE) poll revealed.

More than 2,000 people responded to the survey, which came ahead of the publication of the government’s feed-in tariff proposals, which is expected next week.

Under the plans, homes, businesses and communities would be paid a premium rate for any electricity generated by eco-friendly energy solutions.

Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents added that the scheme’s target of generating two per cent of UK electricity is not ambitious enough.

Executive director of FoE Andy Atkins said: “Ministers must listen and introduce an ambitious feed-in tariff scheme that will encourage … companies … to join the green energy revolution.

“This will help tackle climate change, create new jobs and businesses and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”

However, ministers were warned by The Renewable Energy Centre earlier this week to ensure that the British workforce is equipped with the right skills to support the government’s green energy investment.ADNFCR-2805-ID-19581854-ADNFCR

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