I issued the following press release on 13.04.2006
ENERGY REVIEW: MP CALLS ON PM TO MAKE GOOD ON HIS RENEWABLES RHETORIC
her submission to the Energy Review, deadline today, Lynne Jones points out the failure of
the Government to act on the rhetoric of Tony Blairs high profile speech on the
environment of 6 March 2001 and calls on the Government to get back on track with its
original energy policy. This emphasised the importance of energy conservation and
investment in renewable energy.
Jones said Five years ago the Prime Minister said that 50% of the world's energy
needs could be met by renewables by 2050 and the role of Government is to accelerate the
development and take up of these new technologies until self-sustaining markets take over.
quite agree with these points but the commitments implied in the 2001 speech have simply
not come to fruition. Investment in renewables has been miniscule in comparison with
the sums being spent on dealing with the nuclear legacy. To now promote nuclear power as a
solution to climate change and energy security is crazy given this age of terror-related
threats and the limited supplies of easily mined uranium. Current total funding for
renewables should be of a similar order to that which was available to the nuclear
industry during its period of peak research and construction. Then we could make past
rhetoric a reality.
Chancellors budget announcement of £50m for micro generation is a small step in the
right direction. But this should be only the start of a major long-term programme
that can stimulate investment in mini and micro-generation and decentralisation of the
grid as well as in renewable technologies based on wave and tidal power, for which the UK
has 40% of the words resources. Even in California there is a $2.6 billion
programme to support photovoltaic installations on roofs and this is a technology
that could help power many developing countries without the need for expensive grid
infrastructure or the need to go down the nuclear route and all that means for security.
Jones has also supported the call for legislation to set a legally binding target of
reducing carbon dioxide emissions monitored by an annual carbon budget.
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to Editors: Lynne Jones submission to the Energy Review is available at: