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Government warned about renewables job losses

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Contractors have urged the government to reverse a reneables subsidy cut to avoid “substantial” job losses.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) told MPs that plans to cut support for green energy projects would badly damage the industry.

The body was responding to a Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into Scotland’s renewable energy sector.

It comes after the government confirmed plans to close the renewable obligation certificates scheme for onshore wind farms across Great Britain from 1 April 2016.

Ceca said the Scottish renewables civil engineering sector alone directly employed about 3,000 people, and supported more than 10,000 jobs.

Ceca chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “The UK government’s policy of removing support for the renewables sector is extremely disappointing, as the sector had been making substantial progress towards cost efficiency during the lifetime of this Parliament.

“Policy changes to date will lead to substantial job losses within the industry and its supply chains. If those skills are lost, the challenge of rapidly reskilling the sector will be extremely costly.

“We call on the UK government to reassess its approach to the renewables sector, adopt an evidence-based approach to renewables policy, and recognise the role it must play in providing the diverse energy portfolio the country needs.”

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