The Sustainable Energy Association hosted a visit from Ed Davey Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change and Lorely Burt, Liberal Democrat MP for Solihull at a ‘Greening Solihull Event’ held in the centre of Solihull on 18th March.
The visit was coordinated on behalf of SEA by Ecuity Consulting LLP and included visits to Solihull College and Solihull Hospital (Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust), sites with sustainable energy initiatives in the Solihull area, followed by a reception at the Ecuity offices in the centre of Solihull, with presentations from GMI, Baxi, Knauf Insulation, ENER-G, Carillion and Carbon Trust.
Dave Sowden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association said,
“Our work, developing and promoting policy for sustainable energy in buildings, regularly takes us outside of Solihull but Solihull itself has a number of great initiatives, including projects by some of our members, which demonstrate the clear benefits of energy efficiency and renewables in buildings.
"We were delighted to have the opportunity to share this with the Secretary of State and to discuss important issues around the future of our energy.”
James Higgins, Partner at Ecuity Consulting said,
“Ecuity was delighted to co-ordinate this event and to involve a number of local businesses at the forefront of delivering sustainable energy initiatives not only in the Solihull area but across the UK. These projects demonstrate that the appetite, skills and capabilities exist to deliver substantial progress towards our energy objectives through measures installed in buildings.
"It is vital to ensure that the policy and regulatory framework communicates with and acts as an enabler for organisations looking to promote sustainable energy solutions and I therefore welcome today’s visit.’’
Ed Davey said,
“Home-grown renewables are powering more and more of our homes and businesses across the country – and Solihull is flying the flag with these initiatives. Together with delivering energy efficient buildings, this drive for cleaner, greener energy will support local jobs and cut people’s bills.”
Lorely Burt said,
“We have a host of fantastic local companies here in Solihull creating green jobs for local people, boosting our economy while aiding the fight against climate change.
“My colleague Ed Davey has fought hard to make this the greenest government ever. The Lib Dems look forward to building on this good work with a Zero Carbon Bill to eliminate carbon from our economy completely by 2050.
“In the meantime companies like those here today will continue to grow, creating green jobs and helping to secure a safer, greener world to pass on to our children.”
Photograph shows (left to right): Dave Sowden, SEA Chief Executive; Secretary of State Ed Davey; James Higgins, Ecuity Consulting LLP Partner; Lorely Burt MP