The government should approve the UK’s 2030s carbon target in the wake of the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change, an influential committee of MPs has urged. The so-called fifth carbon budget sets a limit on the quantity of greenhouse gases that can be produced across the country between 2028 and 2032, as a way of meeting national and international commitments on combating global warming. It is set by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the statutory body set up under the Climate Change Act, but must be approved by parliament before it can enter into force. “The UK can’t afford any further delays when it comes to re placing dirty power stations with cleaner forms of generation,” said Angus MacNeil, the chair of the energy and climate change select committee. “Investors need certainty and setting a decarbonisation target for the energy sector would signal the government’s commitment to phasing out fossil fuels.”
Guardian 27th April 2016 read more »
The Labour party in Scotland has vowed to create 100,000 new jobs in renewable energy in Scotland in its manifesto for next week’s Holyrood general election. This is at least five times the number of people presently employed in Scottish renewables – and barely half the number who currently work in oil and gas. As well as confirming its vow to entirely proscribe all fracking for shale gas, Labour pledges to support a balanced energy mix. In her party’s manifesto, Kezia Dugdale, the leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, states: “We believe in a ‘civic energy’ future — a future that grows local schemes to produce green energy, and heat for local use.
Scottish Energy News 27th April 2016 read more »