Today, many NGOs, faith groups and organisations have issued a joint statement calling on the Government to commit the UK to a near carbon free power sector by 2030.
The Energy Bill is currently going through parliament and an amendment, to include a decarbonisation target during the report stage in early March, was put forward by Tim Yeo MP and Barry Gardner MP last week. This amendment is backed by many MPs as well as businesses. A decarbonisation target would help to ensure longer-term investment in low-carbon electricity generation, create many more green jobs and help the UK to meet its commitments set out in the Climate Change Act to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The groups behind this amendment to the Bill, say that they are “united in the belief that a low-carbon power sector is essential to secure the future wellbeing of our economy”, arguing that the Energy Bill “represents a major opportunity to put the UK firmly on track to becoming a world leading low-carbon economy, boost employment and show genuine leadership in the fight against dangerous climate change.”
Operation Noah, a Christian charity working on climate change, has already written to the Government concerning the Energy Bill, and is now adding its name in support of this amendment. Dr Isabel Carter, Chair of Operation Noah, comments: “Just as the UK led the development of the industrial revolution, so we have a historical and ethical rationale to lead the way forward into a carbon free power sector by 2030.”
We are calling on Christians to write to their MPs to support this amendment. Now is a crucial time to reform UK energy policy to ensure a low-carbon and sustainable future.
Notes for editors:
The full joint statement is
“The Energy Bill represents a major opportunity to put the UK firmly on track to becoming a world leading low-carbon economy, boost employment and show genuine leadership in the fight against dangerous climate change.
Our organisations jointly call on Members of Parliament to seize this unique opportunity to commit the UK in the Energy Bill to have a near carbon free power sector by 2030 in line with the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change.
We represent different parts of society but are united in the belief that a low-carbon power sector is essential to secure the future wellbeing of our economy, our environment and future generations.”The following organisations have signed up to the statement: SSE, Mainstream Renewable Power, EdPR, Dong Energy, Repower, Repsol, Renewable Energy System (RES), Good Energy, Ecotricity, Seajacks UK Ltd, Seanergy Plc, Modus Seabed Intervention Ltd, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, RSA, Cisco, Interface, PZ Cussons, Triodos Bank, The Co-operative Group, the TUC, Regen South West, Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), IPPR, Christian Aid, Oxfam, British Association for Sustainable Sport, Quakers in Britain, The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the United Reformed Church, Methodist Church in Britain, Operation Noah, Greenpeace, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and WWF.
For more information on the Energy Bill see www.operationnoah.org/take_action_energy_bill
Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change. www.operationnoah.org