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Miliband call to decarbonise power sector ‘highly significant’

22 September 2012

Commenting on a call today (22 September) by Ed Miliband to decarbonise the power sector by 2030, WWF described the Labour leader’s intervention as ‘highly significant’. The group said that including a decarbonisation target in the forthcoming energy bill was critical, and called on other party leaders to back the move.

Commenting, Keith Allott, head of climate change at WWF-UK, said: “This is a highly significant intervention by Ed Miliband, and a direct challenge to the Government. Without a clear target in the Energy Bill to decarbonise the power sector by 2030, the UK economy risks being locked in to risky imported fossil fuels and missing out on major opportunities for green growth.

“Mr Miliband is spot on about the need to back the green economy. It beggars belief that some members of the cabinet appear determined to undermine this sector, one of the few strong growth areas in the economy. Turning clean energy into a political football, as we saw in this summer's squabble over support for onshore wind, is hugely damaging to investor confidence. Politicians of all stripes must maintain the cross–party consensus on tackling climate change and ensuring we have a sustainable economy fit for the future.”

WWF said that the Energy Bill needs to have a clear target to decarbonise the energy sector by 2030, as well as robust long-term support mechanisms for renewable energy and measures to boost energy efficiency.

Ed Miliband’s comments appear in an article for Green Alliance’s journal Inside Track, in which he argues that “investing in the infrastructure for a low carbon economy will both kick start the growth that is currently missing and make our economy resilient to price shocks in an age of scarcity.”

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For more information:

George Smeeton, Senior Press Officer WWF-UK
Tel: 01483 412 388, Mob: 07917 052 948, email: GSmeeton@wwf.org.uk

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