McCartney calls for immediate closure of fatally flawed RHI scheme

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney  has called for the immediate closure of the Renewable Heating Incentive scheme.

The Foyle MLA  was speaking after the publication of the future of the non-domestic Renewable Heating Incentive consultation report.

He said:

“The RHI scheme is comprehensively and irretrievably flawed and should be closed down as soon as possible.

“As outlined in our response to the consultation spending more public money on a scheme that is at best ineffective and at worse counterproductive to carbon reduction is unjustifiable. 

“Tariffs were more lucrative for smaller, less energy-efficient boilers and the wood pellets subsidised by RHI emit more carbon when burnt than fossil fuels.

“These flaws will remain if RHI is continued. It should be closed down as soon as possible and we should invest in building our renewable energy capacity to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.