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I issued the following press release on 01.04.2005

Sustainable Energy Partnership

Westgate House, 2a Prebend Street, London N1 8PT

Chair: Andrew Warren Partnership Organiser: Ron Bailey

Tel.: 020 7359 8000/020 8698 3682; Fax: 020 7359 0863; E-mail:

Environmental Campaigners congratulate Lynne Jones MP

Initiative will help to engage people in measures to deal with Climate Change

Embargo: immediate

The Sustainable Energy Partnership, whose members include all the major environmental organisations, today congratulated local MP, Lynne Jones, for signing House of Commons Early Day Motion No 801. The Motion calls for permitted development status to be given to micro installation of renewable energy devices by individual householders. This would avoid the hassle and cost of having to obtain planning permission – thus encouraging more people to invest in micro energy systems.

At a time when emissions of CO2 are rising and the government is not on track to meet its targets micro-generation is ‘the new kid on the block’- it would help reduce fuel bills, emissions of CO2 and it will also engage consumers in averting climate change – the greatest issue facing the world.

Partnership Organiser Ron Bailey said:

"Climate Change sometimes seems so big an issue that there is little that individual consumers can do: but the installation of micro generation units is a step that many people can take. Giving such installations permitted development status will remove hurdles and cut costs.

"We therefore congratulate Lynne Jones MP for being in the forefront of current moves to promote micro-generation to reduce climate change."

Further Information from:

Ron Bailey, Partnership Organiser 07951 761229

Note to editor

House of Commons Early Day Motion No 801 reads: "That this House welcomes the Small Scale Renewable Energy Developments (Permitted Development) Bill introduced into the House by a cross-party group of honourable Members; notes that the Bill will grant permitted development status to such developments and therefore enable people to install them far more easily; notes too that the Bill promotes safeguards to ensure that visual, environmental and noise effects of such developments will be minimal; and believes that microgeneration is an exciting new way of combating climate change and of engaging people in achieving this objective."

Supported by: Association for the Conservation of Energy, Association for Environment Conscious Building,

Association of Coal Mine Methane Operators, British Biogen, British Hydro, British Energy Efficiency Federation, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, Combined Heat and Power Association,

Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership, Energy Conservation and Solar Centre, Friends of the Earth,

GLOBE UK All-Party Parliamentary Group, Good Energy, Green Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Greenpeace,

Help the Aged, London Energy Managers Group, National Energy Action, National Federation of Women’s Institutes,

National Home Improvement Council, National Housing Federation, National Right to Fuel Campaign, PV-UK, PRASEG, RSPB, Renewable Power Association, SERA, SHELTER, Solar Century,

Tenants & Residents Organisations of England (TAROE), Tory Green Initiative, TRANSCO, UK HECA Forum, UNISON, WWF-UK

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