Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new blueprint to help create 160,000 jobs in the green energy sector.
The national renewable energy blueprint has been designed to slash carbon emissions dramatically, reduce the UK’s dependency on oil and gas and claim a valuable share of global green business opportunity.
The proposals will help the UK to meet its proposed 15% renewable energy target by 2020, an increase of 1,000% on current levels. This is likely to include up to a third of electricity coming from renewables as well as significant increases in the use of renewable forms of heat and transport fuels.
The Renewable Energy Strategy consultation published today builds on existing measures, and includes proposals for extending and raising the level of the Renewables Obligation to encourage 30-35% of our electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020 and exploiting the full potential of energy from waste by considering further restrictions on landfilling biomass, as far as is practical;
It is estimated that the expansion in renewable energy implied by the 15% target could achieve carbon savings of around 20 million tonnes of CO2 in 2020 (representing a cumulative CO2 saving of up to 900 MtCO2 between now and 2030). It would also help security of energy supply and reduce gas imports by between 12-16% in 2020 – with increasing benefits as these become more scarce and expensive. At the same time, there will be a need for significant investment in non-renewable back-up generation given the largely intermittent nature of renewable generation.
There would also be significant business opportunities – there may be in the order of 160,000 jobs created in the UK and beyond
David Hanson said:
“I very much welcome this blueprint which will move us away from being a carbon intensive economy to a more sustainable economy built around more renewable energy sources.
“There will also be a number of employment opportunities as we invest in the new low carbon technologies which will be crucial in tackling climate change.
“There will now be a consultation on the Renewable Energy Strategy and I would like to get your views. For me information of the consultation please get in touch.”
Write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, email:hansond(at)parliament.uk or phone: 01352 763159.