New Bill to tackle climate change
On 12 January, Mike Weir, MP for Angus, introduced a Private Members Bill, backed by a coalition including Friends of the Earth, which would boost the use of renewable sources for generating heat.
The second reading of the Bill will take place on 4 February. The new law would increase the use of renewable fuel crops such as willow and straw and harness sources such as solar power and natural ground heat.
- Around a third of the UK’s demand for energy is for heat.
- The proposed new law would require a proportion of heating fuel sold in the UK to be sourced from renewable resources.
- This would play a significant role in helping the UK to combat climate change.
This Bill is a great opportunity to help farmers and other businesses and would reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. It would help in the fight against climate change and give a boost to underexploited sources of renewable energy.
MP for Angus
How will this bill make a difference?
This proposed law will ensure a better market for fuel crops, and encourage investment – by providing an incentive for schools, hospitals, hotels, farmers or timber yards to install small scale units such as wood burners, ground heat pumps or straw fired heating.