RenewableUK comments on Government’s net zero emissions announcement
15 October 2018
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK is commenting on the Government’s announcement that it will officially ask its advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change, for advice on setting a date by which the UK should achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “The dangerous impacts of climate change spelt out in IPCC’s landmark report show in stark terms that waiting is not an option; every country needs to be much more ambitious on its emissions reduction targets.
The Government has done the right thing by taking the first step towards setting a new target of net zero carbon emissions, but this needs to be followed swiftly with robust action. Conservative Ministers took as the bold decision in 2015 to phase out coal; they need to be bold again.
“Onshore and offshore wind are the UK’s biggest renewable energy sources, generating half of our country’s clean power. We need to scale up these successful, innovative, cheap technologies even further and even faster if the UK is to meet more ambitious targets. We also need to fully commercialise our massive wave and tidal energy resources.
“The expansion of clean power is a win-win for all of us as it also creates highly-skilled jobs and attracts billions in investment to the UK. And consumers benefit from lower bills as renewables are the cheapest option when it comes to building vitally-needed new capacity”.
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Details of the Government’s announcement are available on the BEIS website