It's good that Friends of the Earth are coming forth with this information as a harsh criticism of an industry that in theory holds sustainability to high regard. This industry, like any other, could contribute to the decline of social sustainability which is why UK and EU governments need to establish standards and tight regulations.
Whether we like it or not, alternative energy sources must be invested in. The 'green' issue cannot be ignored just because the world's economy is in freefall and we're all distracted by whether there will be any money left to pay our pensions or not. Now is the time to put pressure on our MPs and government to tackle these issues and, while we look to them to take the big steps, we must remember our responsibility to all the little steps - even those that require more effort than sorting the plastic bottles and newspapers into different coloured bins.