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An Energy Bill that's good for the planet, please

Last modified: 29 November 2012

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The RSPB has welcomed Ed Davey’s promise that the new Energy Bill will be ‘good for the planet’,  but has said that urgent action is needed to ensure this is the case.

Harry Huyton, RSPB Head of Climate Change Policy, said; “Mr Davey’s claim would be considerably more credible if the Bill had introduced a clear commitment to near-zero carbon electricity by 2030. Without this, the UK’s nascent renewable energy industry continues to operate with considerable uncertainty that has been fuelled by high-profile rows within the coalition about the role of renewable energy versus fossil fuels.

 “The stakes couldn’t be higher; climate change threatens to drive species to extinction across the world, and this year’s extreme weather at home and abroad is a stark reminder of the impact that unbridled climate change can have on people and wildlife. “

The RSPB wants the Bill to include decisive action to prevent funds for renewable energy being swallowed up by coal power plants that convert over to burning wood.

Earlier this month, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace published a report that revealed that current biomass plans would lead to the UK burning its way through the equivalent of six times the country’s total wood production each year by 2017. The report also used Government’s own data to show that this would be worse for the climate than burning coal.

Harry continues; “We will be working hard over the next year to get the Bill amended so that it really is good for planet.”

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