Disappointment at Lords vote against clean energy

By staff writers
October 29, 2013

Environment and development agencies have expressed disappointment at a House of Lords vote which narrowly rejected a proposal for the UK to have decarbonised power stations by 2030.

Dr Alison Doig of UK-based churches' global development agency Christian Aid, commented: "At a time when everybody is talking about the cost of energy, the Lords’ decision is a vote for continued confusion in the UK electricity sector. It means yet more uncertainty for investors in low-carbon energy.

She continued: "Without a decarbonisation target, the UK cannot lead the world in developing low-carbon infrastructure – instead it will be playing catch-up with other countries such as Germany and China."

The Lords, the unelected second chamber in the UK parliament, voted against the target by 216 votes to 202.

Dr Doig, who is Christian Aid’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, added: "The Lords’ vote will further delay the UK’s search for a cost-effective way to achieve our vital commitments under the Climate Change Act."

"The coalition now needs to demonstrate how it can deliver clean, affordable energy in the UK without undermining our climate change targets," she concluded.

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