Cautious welcome for climate plans

The Government's plans for tackling climate emissions drew cautious approval this week from Friends of the Earth's energy expert.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne (pictured) delivered the Coalition Government’s first energy statement to Parliament on Tuesday 27 July.

On the same day the Government published its proposals for cutting UK emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

Huhne laid out plans to reduce Britain's reliance on fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions.

Smart meters, wind power and other renewable energy technologies are key areas of the Government’s strategy to make Britain's economy greener.

Private companies could invest in nuclear plants but there will be no public subsidies for new nuclear power stations.

Friends of the Earth's energy expert Alan Simpson gave the Government’s strategy a cautious welcome. He said it “shows that reducing the UK's carbon emissions will save us facing huge bills in the future".

Going green will improve energy security, create new jobs and protect us from unpredictable fossil fuel prices.

Alan Simpson, Friends of the Earth's Sustainable Energy Advisor

But he warned that “implementing these changes will be a measure both of Huhne’s mettle and of his imagination”.

Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to

  • reverse spending cuts on green technology
  • create a Green Investment Bank to support renewable energy with green bonds and loans.

And our Get Serious About CO2 campaign is calling for every council to do its bit to tackle climate change. 

Read Alan Simpson’s response to Chris Huhne’s energy statement.