Alliance urges MPs to back Energy Bill decarbonisation target

Published on Thursday, 07 March 2013 16:52
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

MPs have been called to support changes to the Energy Bill by an alliance of organisations so the UK has a near to carbon-free power sector by 2030.

Over 35 organisations signed up to the statement covering a wide range of economic and civil society groups, energy and supply chain companies, investors, church groups and NGOs.

The next opportunity for MPs to make changes to the Bill will be this month through the Report Stage. At this stage the MPs will debate the amendment suggested by Tim Yeo MP and Barry Gardner MP. Their amendment requires the UK Government to set a "decarbonisation target" by 1 April 2014. This would put the UK on course to create a largely decarbonised power sector by 2013 in line with the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee.

The organisations wrote:

"United in the belief that a low-carbon power sector is essential to secure the future wellbeing of our economy represents a major opportunity to put the UK firmly on track to becoming a world leading low-carbon economy, boost employment and show genuine leadership in the fight against dangerous climate change." Chief Executive of WWF-UK, David Nussbaum said:

"This statement represents a compelling argument – from sectors across the economy and civil society – in favour of the Energy Bill being amended to include a decarbonisation target for 2030. MPs have it within their power to set the UK on course to a near carbon free power sector, and to put the country in the lead in the global clean energy race. " "This is exactly the sort of long-term signal that investors are looking for if we want to attract the billions of pounds of investment needed to strengthen the UK's position as an industrial leader in green technologies, creating highly-skilled jobs in the process."

Source: Green Energy

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