Sunday, 12 July 2015

EU Make Global Warming MORE Likely.

I’m not a huge fan of the EU. They seem to lay an extra layer of bureaucracy to our lives, which serves the needs of all European countries, rather than what’s good for the 64 million of us in the UK.

I don’t know about you, but I never think it’s a good time to spend money unless A: it’s broke or B: the price is going up.

If you’re planning on purchasing any of the products below I’d get a move on, as Britain now faces a price hike of around 15 per cent on green home measures, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said a VAT tax perk to promote sales is illegal.

• Solar panels (PV and thermal)
• Controls for central heating and hot water systems
• Draught stripping
• Insulation
• Wind turbines
• Water turbines
• Ground source heat pumps
• Air source heat pumps
• Micro combined heat and power units
• Wood-fuelled boilers

The EU, quite rightly, wants its member states to reduce their carbon footprints, but bizarrely makes it more difficult (and expensive) to introduce change.
Currently, measures to tackle energy waste like insulation and a new boiler, as well as renewable devices including solar panels and wind turbines, qualify for reduced VAT rates of 5pc, as opposed to the standard 20pc.
The tax perk was introduced in April 2000 to encourage homeowners to make their properties more energy-efficient and meet EU targets to eliminate energy waste by 2020.

In changes that could be implemented some time next year, the VAT increase will add £1,500 to a set of rooftop solar panels, £70 to cavity wall insulation in a semi-detached house and £115 for radiator valves.

I’m realistic enough to realize that lowering our carbon footprint in the UK will be enough to ensure our future.
It won’t.
All the industrial countries in the world reducing their carbon footprint will slow global warming.
We Have to make it more attractive.

Surely the objective is more important than the method?
Our children and grandchildren won’t care how we achieved a lowering of carbon emissions on our planet; they’ll be the ones suffering if we don’t act now.

It will be interesting to see if our government recognises the rise in installation costs when the next Feed in Tariff rates are published.
Higher prices and low FiT rates are not going to provide any incentive for householders or companies to invest in alternative energy.

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