AB CONFIDENT ON EU REPEAL BILL
24 April 2017
An accreditation body believes that the white paper on moving EU legislation into UK law provides firm evidence that the Government will continue to back energy performance certificates and the EU’s energy efficiency legislation after Brexit.
The white paper, issued at the end of last month, is a broad guide to the process by which we will transfer EU to UK law when the 1972 European Communities Act is repealed as we leave the EU in March 2019, and is distinctly short on detail.
But accreditation body Elmhurst Energy believes there is enough information in the paper to give the energy assessment industry confidence that the basic legislation under which we operate will be retained.
Martyn Reed (right), Managing Director of Elmhurst, said: “The good news for everyone concerned with climate change and energy efficiency is the paragraph that appeared in the Department for Exiting the European Union’s publication Legislation for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, which commits the Government to ensuring that we become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.
“The publication says that the UK’s current legislative framework at national, EU and international level has delivered tangible environmental benefits, and the Great Repeal Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law.
“Elmhurst is delighted to read this as it gives our members, and the energy efficiency sector at large, maximum certainty as we leave the EU and plan for the future.”
Both Stroma and Quidos said last month, before the white paper was issued, that they were confident about the future of the energy assessment industry in Brexit negotiations.
Philip Salaman (left), Managing Director of Quidos, said at that time: “In my opinion Brexit will have limited impact on EPBD regulations. Ultimately these regulations cost the public purse very little, as they are largely self regulated, and yet it provides the government with an accurate picture of the property stock in the UK. The EPC rating is built into property vocabulary now, so to remove this would serve no purpose.
“At the end of the day the UK does have environmental obligations, and it would be very unwise to ignore methods of a) measuring the property stock, and b) proving that they are trying to do something about the carbon levels. I am certainly not worried about Brexit impacting our businesses.”
Andy Parkin (right), Technical Manager at Stroma Certification, said then: “We are in regular dialogue with the Department of Communities and Local Government about the implications of Brexit, and will continue to be so during the forthcoming negotiations over the coming years.
“We will be reminding Government of the advantages of the EPC and the improvements that have been made on existing and new build housing stock. The welfare and sustained prosperity of our members is a key priority for the business, and we are optimistic that the UK will continue to set the benchmark for energy efficiency and carbon reduction best practice for the foreseeable future.”
Assessors’ leader Glen Neville, founder and President of Midlands assessor organisation MEP, was also optimistic when he spoke to EAM last month.
Stressing that he was speaking in a personal capacity, he said: “I am hopeful that we can emerge from this phase in due course with an agreement which will be good for our industry, and good for everyone in the UK.”
In a Foreword to the white paper Prime Minister Theresa May (left) said: ” The Government’s first objective as we negotiate a new deep and special partnership with the European Union is to provide business, the public sector, and everybody in our country with as much certainty as possible as we move through the process.
“This clarity will help people to plan effectively, recruit appropriately and invest as necessary while the negotiations continue and the new partnership we will enjoy with the European Union is being formed.
“The Great Repeal Bill is an important part of our plan to deliver a smooth and orderly Brexit that commands the confidence of all. The task ahead may be significant, but I am confident we can make it a success. This White Paper is an essential step along the way.”
To see the Great Repeal Bill White Paper go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-great-repeal-bill-white-paper