Letter calls for emission targets for the UK

The UK government is in receipt of another letter with regard to its energy policy after chiefs at several major companies called for them to introduce a target cut power sector emissions by 2030.

With the energy bill to go before the House of Commons before the end of November lobbying has been strong and the latest letter features criticism of the split in the British coalition with regard to the future of energy supplies and questions the government’s genuine commitment to targets to tackle climate change.

Ed Davey
Not for the first time the government received warning that the uncertainty was paralysing investment and undermining growth prospects in the country.

The government’s advisers on climate change have called on ministers to introduce a target to decarbonise the energy sector by 2030, but while energy secretary, Ed Davey (left), has indicated support for a low-carbon target, backed by a range of environmental groups and businesses, the Treasury under George Osborne has been pushing an agenda to promote new gas supplies.

The heads of Unilever, Doosan Power Systems, Anglian Water, Philips Electronics UK, B&Q owner Kingfisher, EDF Energy, Johnson Matthey and Heathrow airport have now joined the calls for a target to be introduced.

The Guardian reports that the members of the Prince Of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change warned: “Attempts to set a strong economy at odds with effective policies on climate change are self-defeating.

“The only successful long-term plan to grow the UK economy will be one which takes account of climate change, both to reduce the risk of a changing climate to business and to support access for British business to the rapidly growing global market for low carbon goods and services.”

A low-carbon signal to investors is needed, they warned, and so an indicative emissions target should be introduced through secondary legislation to set the level of ambition for reducing greenhouse gases from the power sector.

They also said the government needs to be be very clear on how low carbon investment will be delivered in a cost-effective manner.

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