Churches join alliance calling on MPs to back decarbonisation target in the Commons

  • "MPs must seize opportunity to support power sector decarbonisation," says alliance
  • Churches launch Fuel Poverty report 

The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church are among 55 organisations calling on MPs to vote in favour of a decarbonisation measure in the House of Commons on 4 June.

Next week, MPs will vote on an amendment to the Energy Bill put forward by Tim Yeo MP and Barry Gardiner MP which would introduce a target to commit the UK to a near-carbon free power sector by 2030.

The alliance is united in the belief that the Energy Bill represents a major opportunity to put the UK firmly on track to becoming a world leading low-carbon economy, boost employment and show genuine leadership in the fight against dangerous climate change.

At their Party Conference last year Liberal Democrats passed a resolution urging the coalition government to introduce a decarbonisation target. The Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, has written to every Liberal Democrat MP, urging them to vote in line with their own party policy when the Energy Bill comes to the House of Commons on 3 and 4 June.

Ahead of the debate in the Commons, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church launched a report on fuel poverty and the role of clean low-carbon energy. The report, designed as a briefing for the Energy Bill, stresses that investment in low-carbon energy does not cause fuel poverty. 

"The main cause of increasing fuel poverty is a general rise in energy costs, specifically of gas and oil," states the report. "Recent studies show that the most effective way of reducing fuel poverty is through targeted energy efficiency improvement."

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List of signatories to the alliance: SSE, RSA, RES, PZ Cussons, Cisco, Dong Energy, Repsol, Vestas, Mainstream Renewable Power, EDP Renewables, REpower Systems SE, Interface, Harland and Wolff, The Co-operative, Ecotricity, Seajacks, SeaEnergy, Modus Seabed Intervention, Good Energy, Triodos Bank, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, Scottish Renewables, Renewable UK, Carbon Capture and Storage Association, Solar Trade Association, Renewable Energy Association (REA), Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association, Carbon Connect, Forum for the Future, RegenSW, Business in the Community, The Church of Scotland, The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the United Reformed Church, Quakers in Britain, Operation Noah, CAFOD, 10:10, National Farmers Union, Unison, the TUC, NUS, UNICEF UK, British Association for Sustainable Sport, IPPR, Association for the Conservation of Energy, RSPB, Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Woodland Trust, Women's Institute and WWF-UK. 

Notes:

  1. The Energy Bill will be debated at Report Stage in the House of Commons on Monday and Tuesday (3/4 June). Among the key issues to be debated by MPs will be whether the UK should commit to inserting a target in the Bill (known as a 'decarbonisation target') that would commit the UK to have a near-carbon free power sector by 2030, as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change. A wide range of organisation across the business, faith group and NGO sector have previously called in favour of such a target. 
  2. On 8 October 2012, a coalition of leading businesses called for a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill through the  Aldersgate Group
  3. On 20 February 2013, a coalition of 40 organisations from across the business sector and civil society called for the  introduction of a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill.
  4. On 7 March 2013, a group of seven leading international  manufacturers called for a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill. 
  5. Churches Fuel Poverty report is here

 

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