Green businesses condemn David Cameron’s “boast” of slashing green regulations

Organisations and companies operating in the green business sector have reacted angrily to David Cameron’s pledge to small businesses to slash environmental and green building regulations.

In a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) yesterday, the Prime Minister said he would be saving small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) over £850 million a year by scrapping or amending “needless” regulations, including thousands of pages of environmental guidance and green building standards by 2015.

Cameron told businesses at the FSB’s major policy conference in London: “[We will] make it vastly easier and cheaper for businesses to meet environmental obligations – by March 2015 Defra will have slashed 80,000 pages of environmental guidance saving businesses around £100 million per year.”

And he added that cutting red tape would help house-builders too: “These reforms are estimated to save around £60 million per year for home builders – equivalent to around £500 for every new home built.” — Full Story at Green Wise

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