Sunday, 28 October 2007

LABOUR COUNCILLORS CALLED ON TO STOP GOVERNMENT CUTTING RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS

KENTPRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 28th October 2007 –
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APPEAL TO LABOUR COUNCILLORS IN KENT
‘STOP YOUR PARTY CUTTING RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS’
The Labour Government is trying to cut UK renewable energy targets and to encourage cuts in European Union targets as well(1). Kent Green Party has contacted all Labour councillors in Kent to encourage them to oppose this action(2). Renewable energy and energy conservation have the potential to create new and lasting jobs in every district in Kent, and in Medway, but only with a real Government commitment. Steve Dawe comments:
“The UK Government is attempting to act against the national interest and to lead Europe backwards. We already have one of the lowest levels of public investment in renewable energy of any developed country(3). We already have this Government trying to scrap the ground-breaking Home Energy Conservation Act of 1995, which strengthened the role of local government in improving energy efficiency(4). Now, the Government is trying to quietly cut its renewable energy targets and press EU Governments to do the same. These attempts are to cover its own lack of commitment or real progress on climate change since 1997.
“The employment potential for Kent in good energy conservation and renewable energy policies is enormous. Many homes are poorly insulated; few have solar water heating or solar panels; offshore wind farms can generate permanent employment(5). Since the country is short of 20,000 engineers, renewable energy developments will stimulate efforts to fill this skills gap. But we need Labour councillors in Kent to resist their own Government to help make this happen.”

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe – Press Officer KENT GREEN PARTY on 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

Notes:
The Guardian, 23rd October 2007; The Observer, business section, 28th October 2007 etc.
All those accessible by email.
Sustainable Development Commission – Turning the Tide: Tidal Power in the UK – 2007, p.49.
4. Local Government Information Unit - Home Energy Conservation Act - consultation -
The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 was one of the first pieces of legislation to directly address energy efficiency. Ten years on, this consultation document from Defra reviews progress and provides options for the future of the Act mainly by bringing into question the ability of the of the measures to deliver the rapid change needed to mitigate climate change and suggesting the Act should be repealed. More of this briefing at: www.lgiu.gov.uk/briefing-detail.jsp?&id=1614&md=0&section=briefing
5. For example, The London Array wind farm for the Thames Estuary will create about 100 permanent jobs at Ramsgate.

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