Here’s what we think about the UK Government’s new energy strategy

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Solar or photovoltaic panels and inverters being installed at Old Hall Marshes RSPB reserve by Ethical Power and Liberty Energy, Essex

After a number of delays, the UK Government released its new energy strategy this week. Its aim is to increase the UK’s energy independence, by moving away from Russian oil and gas and to increase the use of renewable energy sources. Here Katie Jo-Luxton, the RSPB’s director for conservation, delivers the RSPB’s initial response to the contents of the strategy.

Solar or photovoltaic panels and inverters being installed at Old Hall Marshes RSPB reserve by Ethical Power and Liberty Energy, Essex

A lack of joined up thinking

Katie said: “The Energy Strategy is a missed opportunity for our Government to not just address energy security but also live up to its commitments to tackle climate change. Yet again the Government has again dodged committing to a coherent spatial plan to map out both energy reduction and clean energy protection and do that in ways that are in harmony with nature, helping the Government deliver on its ambition to restoring our natural world within a generation.”

No long term vision

Katie said: “We are already seeing the dangers of taking the quickest option with developers and planners overlooking the potential damage to wildlife and destruction of wild spaces. If our Government is serious about thinking about our future needs, then it must look what that future will look like while we still have time to change it.  
“We want the plans we make today to power not just our homes but nature's recovery tomorrow, as if we get this wrong we could cause irrecoverable damage to wild places or see the loss of species already being pushed to the brink.”

No strategy to bring energy consumption down

Katie said: “The strategy contains little to free the UK from its addiction to fossil fuels despite the Prime Minister’s foreword lauding the potential of renewable energy.  It also fails to set out how to bring down our overall energy demand – for example we need an urgent plan to make our homes and business more energy efficient, which will also help reduce energy bills.”

Read the full strategy here