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INDUSTRYNEWS CLEARVIEW COMMENT BRITAIN 2012: DOWN, BUT NOT OUT


I have lost count of the number of people who have expressed relief at the close of 2011. Looking back, it does seem to have been a particularly disastrous year in many ways. But here we are – we made it to 2012: and are now facing a brand new year and no doubt one that will present even more challenges and obstacles to overcome.


The GGF is urging its members to respond swiftly to the Government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation Consultation before the deadline of 18th January 2012. It will be interesting to report on the outcome.


Much of the solar industry is still stunned after the drastic reduction in FiTs. Inevitably, opinions vary. Lead generating company Quotatis claim that Feed in Tariffs (FITs) still represent a “fantastic return on investment”, despite the reduction, pointing out that when


FITs were launched 18 months ago, the cost of an average PV installation was about £13,000. That figure has dropped to around £9,000 and is still falling. So Quotatis reckon that homeowners will still get a return of anywhere between 4% and 10% on their investment offering, and lower energy bills.


The global economic situation has


never looked more precarious: yet life goes on, and so does business. In this


issue we report on a new trade mission to Japan from the job-starved North East of England; we hear ominous warnings about Britain isolating itself from Europe followed David Cameron’s refusal to toe the French and German line on the current Euro fiasco; but reassuringly, organisations such as the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) and the GGF continue to have a strong presence and key roles in the Federation of European Window and Curtain Walling Manufacturers’ Associations.


An alliance of seven leading UK construction industry bodies wants to see a rebalancing of public expenditure in favour of capital investment, a targeted cut in VAT on works to make homes greener, and new models for financing major infrastructure, to unlock growth in the UK’s critically important construction industry.


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