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Liberal Democrat backing for 2030 decarbonisation target “common sense”

24 September 2012

Commenting on the news that the Liberal Democrat conference has backed a motion supporting the inclusion of a target to decarbonise the energy sector by 2030 in the upcoming Energy Bill, WWF said “common sense” was prevailing on energy policy.

Nick Molho, head of energy policy at WWF-UK said: “It’s great news that the Liberal Democrat conference and Ed Davey have backed the Committee on Climate Change's call for a legally binding 2030 decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill and that this is now official party policy.

“Coming as it does after a similar call by Ed Miliband and some members of the Conservative party for a 2030 target, it looks like common sense is prevailing and we’re getting cross-party consensus on this issue. There are still tricky negotiations ahead to make it Government policy, but the case is compelling.

“This isn't - or shouldn't be - a partisan issue. A 2030 decarbonisation target, together with stable financial support policies, is a vital way to boost investor certainty in the energy sector and accelerate the costs reductions and substantial economic growth opportunities that the renewables sector has to offer the UK. The ball is now firmly in the Conservatives’ court on this and they need to come out and back a binding 2030 target too.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. Ed Miliband’s comments appear in an article for Green Alliance’s journal Inside Track: http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/uploadedFiles/Publications/inside%20track_31_WEB.pdf

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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