Industry cannot rely on government for direction or support in cleantech. This article discusses the UK’s recent stop-start behavior in cleantech policy and support.
Sadly, it is just another tale not much different from the we have seen in Germany, Italy, USA, Japan, etc. The only country making significant progress without much deviation from plan over time is China, and one must wonder how much resolve when the new administration in China will have when they see what other countries are doing while facing a slowing economy of their own.
The political climate has made it so very difficult to count on advancing renewable technologies which need a subsidy. That is why we are such strong advocates for pushing harder for lowering emissions with commercial scale advanced fossil technologies (nat gas, syngas, gasification, etc) which do not require a subsidy.
We can’t give up on the road to renewable energies but we have to make better overall progress than what we are seeing at present.-Albert Lin, EmberClear CEO