The Government is locking us in to a high carbon pathway that will prevent us achieving our legally binding emissions reductions…


Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, responding to today’s speech by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change announcing an ‘energy policy reset’, said:

“The Secretary of State is sending out contradictory messages. She says subsidy should be phased out after new technologies have established commercial scale, but fails to recall that the subsidy for oil and gas in the UK is £6 billion -; almost twice that for solar, wind and tidal power, which she’s now cutting.

“Three of the UK’s 10 aged and increasingly unreliable coal-fired power stations are closing next year. The government really should not try to use coal’s inevitable decline as cover for its reckless promotion of gas which will lock us in to a high carbon pathway and prevent us achieving the legally binding emissions reductions in the fourth carbon budget.”

Notes for editors

*ODI research shows Government is giving almost £6bn a year in subs to fossil fuel industry -; almost double the support it’s providing for renewable energy providers

*The EY 2015 Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index warned: “At best this may be misguided short-term politics obstructing long-term policy. At worst, however, it’s policy-making in a vacuum, with no rationale or clear intent.” 


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