Companies in the UK have criticised a European Union (EU) plan to force buildings to switch energy generation to on-site facilities by 2019, reports building.co.uk.
The EU recently voted to add a clause to the Energy Performance of Buildings directive demanding that buildings source all their energy from on-site resources within the next decade, but British firms have said the clause overlooks the importance of green power plants.
Future energy demands will not be met by on-site facilities alone, according to the House Builders Association, but rather through a combination of on- and off-site generation.
Roger Humber, strategic policy adviser to the House Builders Association, told the website: "The government has just begun to realise that the scale of renewable energy needed is greater than can be generated on site ... For the EU to put a spoke in the wheel is hugely damaging."
In related news, the world's biggest offshore wind farm is to be built in the outer Thames estuary for £2.2 billion.
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