A coalition of environmental groups met with Colne Valley MP, Jason McCartney to tell him that ‘Green is Working’. The lobby, took place at Huddersfield Town Hall at 12pm on Saturday 24th November to coincide with the introduction of the new Energy Bill in parliament.
This Autumn our government has two key opportunities to deliver on the Climate Act and build our green economy, both of which have been recommended by the government’s own independent advisor, the Committee on Climate Change:
1. Decarbonise Electricity by 2030: An Energy Bill is going through Parliament this year, and we need it to include a clear target to make sure electricity generation is carbon free by 2030. The Energy Bill is a once in a generation opportunity to clean up the power sector and ensure the targets in the Climate Act are embedded in the UK’s energy policy.
2. Keep Aviation and Shipping in the Climate Act: When the Climate Change Act was first made into law in 2008, greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and shipping were provisionally included. The government must decide by the end of 2012 whether to enact this part of the Climate Act.
It is crucial to the integrity of the Climate Act that Aviation and Shipping emissions are included.
Business leaders such as the CBI are saying that the green economy has great potential but needs greater support from the government. Last year 1/3 of UK economic growth came from green businesses. The renewable electricity industry already employs 110, 000 people with the potential to employ tens of thousands more people. Furthermore, developing the green economy would reduce the UK’s balance of payments by reducing our imports of fossil fuels.
Tim Padmore, from Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change, one of the groups which attended the lobby said: “In September the melting of summer arctic sea ice broke all records and in October Hurricane Sandy was linked by scientists, commentators and politicians including the Mayor of New York to man-made climate change. Decarbonising our electricity would be part of the action required for the UK to make its share of the carbon cuts to avoid runaway climate change. But it would also have huge benefits to our society including creating jobs, reducing fuel poverty and making our energy supply more secure. We urge Jason McCartney to accept the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation.”
For more information on ‘Green is Working’ co-ordinated by the Stop Climate Chaos coalition please go to http://stopclimatechaos.org/green-is-working
Statistics about the potential of the green economy can be found in Friends of the Earth’s report ‘A Plan for Clean British Energy’ http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/plan_cbe_report.pdf