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A joint call by the Methodist Church, Baptist Union, United Reformed Church and Quakers in Britain. We are four of the largest Free Church denominations in Britain. Between us we represent half a million Christians. Our faiths lead us to work for a fair and healthy UK economy that operates within the limits of our earth and climate. Creating a decarbonised power sector by 2030 is central to achieving this. We call on the Government for an Energy Bill that shows ambition in tackling climate change and delivering a sustainable energy economy.
The Energy Bill to be introduced to Parliament in 2012 has the potential to change the way electricity is produced and used, and how power stations are regulated. Providing strong support to the renewables sector could radically reduce the climate impact of the power sector, create investment in jobs and help build a sustainable and healthy economy. However, the Energy Bill in its draft form would fail to bring about the transition to a renewables-based energy system …
We call on the Government to commit to:
- A target and strategy for renewables to provide at least 60 per cent of electricity in the UK by 2030.
This target is technically achievable …
- A 2030 target for decarbonisation of the power sector written into the Energy Bill.
The draft bill has no aspiration for decarbonisation. Reduced emissions from the power sector are a critical part of achieving national carbon emissions targets. …
- A rapid phase-out of gas and coal.
A continued reliance on gas and coal will entail high levels of emissions and an increased use of unsustainable extraction methods such as …
- Reducing demand.
A viable power generation system based on renewable energy would require improved efficiency and reduced demand. We call on the Government to …
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Chris Walker, Sustainability & Peace Programme Coordinator, Quakers in Britain, 173 Euston Rd., London NW1 2BJ. Tel: 020 7663 1009. Email: email@example.com
Steve Hucklesby, Policy Adviser, Joint Public Issues Team, 25 Marylebone Rd., London NW1 5JR. Tel: 020 7467 5245. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org