To achieve net zero emissions we need to use every tool in the box – including onshore wind
12 June 2019
Posted by: Rob Norris
Commenting on the Government’s announcement that it will set a legally binding target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Emma Pinchbeck said:
“Climate change is an existential challenge with a ticking clock - and the science shows we need to make big changes to our economy. It’s right to speed up our action to reflect the truth of the risks. Luckily, the public have made it clear that they’re more than up for the challenge. Polling and protests alike support the low carbon economy and more action on using renewables.
“Over the last decade, the UK has shown that political leadership on climate change is a real opportunity to have a better, not just, greener economy than one powered by fossil fuels. The Government’s clear plans for renewables have turned off coal and delivered a world-class industry which is already cheaper and more efficient than old fossil fuel power stations.
“We need to make the best use of every technology in our toolbox, from onshore wind to wave and tidal power to energy efficiency to help fix dangerous climate change. We might be afraid of the impacts of climate change, but the UK’s world-class renewables industry, including our global lead in offshore wind, shows that we should not be afraid of investing in a green economy: the returns to the UK of this leadership on net zero will be huge”.
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