Our renewable future

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recently wrote about the Green Deal and the question I asked to the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd.

I received a reply from the Department of Energy and Climate Change which stated that the Secretary of State is:

[D]etermined to help keep homes warmer for less, save carbon and meet our important fuel poverty targets. A long-term, coherent and affordable policy framework is needed that ensures that Government support is targeted at those who need it most. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is already working closely with consumer groups and industry alike to test and develop ideas based on evidence of what works.

It has now been announced that the Green Deal is to be scrapped entirely – with no scheme planned to replace it. The Government has also scrapped the zero carbon homes policy, which would have ensured that all new dwellings from 2016 would generate as much energy on-site as they would use in heating, hot water, lighting and ventilation. This is in addition to ending subsidies for renewable energy production.

I am deeply concerned about this Government’s myopic approach to the environment and sustainability. Before I was elected, my campaign slogan was ‘Jobs, Equality and Sustainability’. Tackling climate change is such a priority for me because in doing so we can engage these priorities in unison. Investing in sustainability is key to nurturing growth, prosperity and employment – for example, low carbon businesses were the biggest growth area during the recession. I only wish that the Government would see the potential in a low-carbon future instead of acquiescing to the opinions of vocal backbenchers. 

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