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Interview with Maria McCaffery
Cheif Executive, Renewable UK
Maria McCaffery was appointed Chief Executive of BWEA in June 2006. Prior to this she was Director General of the Institute of Export, and previously international Director at The British Chambers of Commerce. Both of these roles required close and regular contact with government, and she has also served on a succession of government advisory groups, including an ongoing role with UK Trade & Investment. She was awarded an MBE for services to British exporters in the 1999 New Year Honours.
Between 1978 and 1988 Maria worked in the chemical industry and obtained a joint honours degree in Management and Chemical Sciences from UMIST, specialising in alternative and renewable energy systems, and has remained passionate about the subject ever since.
Should local objection be able to delay or prohibit projects deemed of national importance?
"local objection is carrying far more weight than would be reflected if it were representative of public opinion"
How can Britain best accomodate green energy infrastructure?
"by 2020, when 15% of all our energy needs to come from sustainable resources, the lion's share of electricity with come from on and offshore wind energy"
Should planning decisions on large scale infrastructure be decided centrally or locally?
"it is regretable but we do welcome to-down centralised decision making, but predominantly because of the failures of the local planning system"