Claire Perry: 13 years since Kyoto and the UK is still leading the charge to a low carbon future. Momentum on climate action is accelerating with the UK in the driving seat. The shift to clean energy presents a multibillion-pound investment opportunity for businesses. Our low-carbon sector already directly employs more than 200,000 people. We are clear: through our ambitious industrial strategy the UK is ready to embrace the economic opportunities presented by the transition to a low-carbon economy. And there’s more good news. Latest figures indicate that more than half of our electricity generation in 2017 came from low-carbon sources such as wind, nuclear and solar. Just five years ago, dirty coal power accounted for 40 per cent of our electricity – this figure is now 7 per cent. The government has driven this change, investing more than £52 billion in renewable energy since 2010 and committing to phasing out unabated coal power by 2025. We now have the biggest installed offshore wind capacity in the world, and the cost of offshore wind is constantly falling thanks to government support. On the international stage the UK is leading the charge for clean, green energy. In November the Canadian environment minister, Catherine McKenna, and I launched the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a global coalition of countries, businesses and cities committed to ending unabated coal power. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, emitting twice as much CO2 as gas per unit of electricity generated. Phasing out coal will not only reduce pollution and carbon emissions, it will improve our health.
Times 20th Feb 2018 read more »
The Environment, Energy and Culture Policy Commission is tasked with leading Labour’s policy development on the environment, food and rural affairs, energy and climate change, and culture, media, the creative industries, tourism, heritage and sport. The members of the Policy Commission are drawn from the National Policy Forum, the Shadow Cabinet and the National Executive Committee. Its membership reflects all parts of our movement, including Labour party members, affiliated organisations and elected politicians. The Commission will be examining the issue of ‘A Greener Britain’. This topic allows the Commission to consider timely issues such as the future of agriculture, fisheries, environmental protections and wide-reaching targets currently set at a European level. The consultation will also build on the election manifesto aims of ensuring a 60 per cent renewable or zero-carbon energy by 2030, prioritising climate change action, tackling air quality and environmental stewardship. We will be publishing a consultation paper in 2018.
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