Green groups lobby UK government ahead of Energy Review

19 April 2006 – Thirty-five organisations, concerned with securing clean, sustainable energy supplies, have today joined forces to issue a joint statement in response to the UK Government’s Energy Policy Review.

“A Sustainable Energy Policy’, outlines what priorities and specific policy actions should come out of the Energy Review and the group, ‘Renewable Energy Alliance’ is launching a manifesto at the Houses of Parliament today with high level, cross party support.

The manifesto calls on the Government to:

• uphold the vision, objectives and targets of the 2003 Energy White Paper and re-affirm its commitment to all related statutory and non-statutory targets;
• develop the long-term policy framework needed to promote business investment;
• minimise the ‘energy gap’ before trying to fill it, by reducing demand, encouraging efficient energy production and usage, and then boosting renewables;
• focus on sustainable heat and transport as well as electricity; and
• identify a single body responsible for achieving sustainable energy targets.

Spearheading the alliance, Philip Wolfe, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, said: “This is the last chance for Government to bring forward a sustained package of measures to deliver the objectives set out in 2003. Industry is looking for strong signals so we can invest in the necessary changes to our energy system.”

The environmental think tank Green Alliance was the other prime mover in the initiative and its Director, Guy Thompson said: “It is only two years since the last energy review put energy efficiency and renewables at the heart of the fight against climate change. The government needs to grasp the nettle and develop a long term framework that will allow these technologies to deliver the carbon reductions that we so urgently need.”