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Liberal Democrats join call for carbon-free electricity

Published on the Friends of the Earth website on 26th September 2012

The Liberal Democrats have formally supported a target for the UK’s electricity to be carbon-free by 2030.

Liberal Democrat party delegates voted overwhelmingly in favour of MP Danny Alexander’s motion at their annual conference in Brighton.

The motion called for the “decarbonisation of the power sector by 2030” and condemned “repeated attempts by the Chancellor to inhibit growth in renewable energy….”

This is a big step forward for Friends of the Earth’s Clean British Energy campaign.

With Labour also demonstrating their support now only the Conservatives don’t back the target.

But the key test is still to come.

To make carbon-free electricity a reality, the target must be included in a new law – the Energy Bill – due to enter Parliament in the coming weeks.

And Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey faces a fight with Chancellor George Osborne to make the target stick.

Facing down the Chancellor

Warm words are not enough – Davey must stand up to the anti-green Chancellor…

Andy Atkins, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth


Instead of clean energy from the wind, waves and sun, the Chancellor favours a future built on dirty gas.

But with two of the three main political parties now calling for Clean British Energy, Osborne’s commitment to a gas-guzzling future will come increasingly under pressure.

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MPs have a crucial role to play in getting Ed Davey to stand up to the Chancellor.

E-mail your MP now and help make sure a 2030 target to clean up our electricity supply is included in the Energy Bill.

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