Cheltenham business earns nod of approval from Prime Minister Boris Johnson
By James Young | 24th January 2020
The work of a Cheltenham business have been praised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons.
During Prime Minister's questions earlier this week, Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk was chosen to quiz the PM.
He chose to speak about a business in his constituency in a bid to encourage the government to back green energy systems.
Mr Chalk said: "Cheltenham's Renewable Design Company supplies low-carbon heating systems, such as ground-source heat pumps.
"Does my Right Honourable Friend agree that we need a successor to the non-domestic renewable heat incentive so that the roll-out can accelerate and we can send a message, in this year of COP26, that global Britain will be a force for a greener planet?"
The Prime Minister said: "Absolutely. I congratulate my honourable Friend on everything he is doing in Cheltenham to encourage renewable heat supplies, including ground-source heating.
"I can confirm that we are indeed looking for successor arrangements to the renewable heat incentive."
Afterwards, Mr Chalk said: "I was really encouraged by the Prime Minister's response.
"Meeting the UK's Net Zero emissions targets means dramatically speeding up the rollout of green heating systems instead of gas boilers.
"There are great local businesses in Cheltenham like the Renewable Design Company that stand ready to do the work, and I'm pleased that the Government is committed to supporting them."
Alastair Murray, managing director of the Rodney Road-based Renewable Design Company added: "As one of the UK's leading renewable heating companies, The Renewable Design Company was desperate for a commitment from the new Conservative government that they will continue supporting the industry.
"We contacted our local MP, Alex Chalk, for help and with remarkable efficiency he was able to secure a commitment from the Prime Minister directly during Prime Minister's questions.
"This statement from the Prime Minister has given us the confidence to invest in the business so that we can do our bit to meeting the Net Zero 2050 commitment."
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