Britain needs to “stand up and be counted” as a country leading the way in low carbon power generation, according to Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of trade group RenewableUK.

Smith was speaking in the wake of comments from Tim Yeo, chairman of the House of Commons’ Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, who today called on the UK government to show greater leadership in establishing a world beating low-carbon energy market (Yeo warns UK government to include decarbonisation target in Energy Bill).

Yeo was disappointed that a 2030 decarbonisation target was left out of the government’s Energy Bill, a piece of legislation published last month that is designed to kick-start investment in low carbon electricity generation.

Yeo said: I think the choice facing Britain is clear. We can embrace the technology of the future, set a target to reduce our present heavy dependence on fossil fuels and upgrade our electricity system. Or we can cling to the combustion-based technologies of the past, gamble the future on assumptions about the availability of abundant cheap gas and slow down the process of decarbonising our economy. Britain must look forward or risk getting left behind”.

Smith backed Yeo’s remarks: “The government should take notice of this clarion call from Tim Yeo, as he speaks with great authority on energy issues. His comments highlight the need for the UK to stand up and be counted as a growing number of countries seek to decarbonise their energy markets and secure a clean and abundant source of energy for the future. A clear decarbonisation target for the way we generate our electricity by 2030 is essential to achieving this.”