Kent Green Party commends the publication of ‘Zero Carbon Britain 2030: a new energy strategy’ (1). This new report demonstrates how Britain can end its dependence on declining and increasingly expensive fossil fuels, without building new nuclear or coal-fired power stations. Kent Green Party concludes that Kent and Medway are in an exceptional position to benefit from the combined energy and employment strategies ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ suggests. Steve Dawe explains:
“Kent and Medway have exceptional advantages in meeting the challenge of creating a Zero Carbon economy. The energy and employment benefits of a Zero Carbon approach suggested by the new ‘Zero Carbon Britain 2030’ report are particularly applicable to Kent. With cheap, recoverable Oil reaching its Peak of global supply(2), and a surprisingly rapid drop in expectations about future coal supplies, a ‘Zero Carbon’ approach to our energy future is essential.
“Kent’s special advantages include: already being a major source of wood for the country, with the land to produce more; becoming a major player in the developing offshore wind farm industry, with expanding employment in Ramsgate being the harbinger of a large wind industry in the making; advantages in sunlight hours, meaning solar water heating and solar panels for electricity can be sited on our homes and buildings and yield both energy and good returns on investment.
“In short, we need to escape from the Government’s blinkered mentality of cutting public spending and start using a fairer tax system to ensure a rapid boost in energy efficiency, zero carbon energy sources and employment.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Published by Kent Green Party and promoted by H.Dawe, both at 27, Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF.
1. 2nd report of the Zero Carbon Britain project, supported by the Centre for Alternative Technology. Full report available for download at http://www.zerocarbonbritain.org/
2. Evidence concerning a Peak in global oil supplies has been reviewed recently by the UK Energy Research Council: http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/tiki-index.php The report suggests a Peak Oil date probably before 2020. A similar review of research done on coal supplies suggests a global peak in economically viable coal resources by 2030: http://www.energywatchgroup.org/fileadmin/global/pdf/EWG_Report_Coal_10-07-2007ms.pdf