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Lib Dems join decarbonisation target lobby

Pressure is growing in Westminster for ministers to announce next year their target for the decarbonisation of the electricity supply in the UK.

The current Energy Bill would give the Government until 2016 to set out goals for the sector by 2030, once the Committee on Climate Change has provided relevant advice.

But, as MRW reported in February, two MPs, Conservative Tim Yeo, a former environment minister, and Labour’s Barry Gardiner, tabled an amendment to the Bill calling for the 2030 decarbonisation target to be decided by April 2014.

Now, according to The Guardian, the Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has indicated in a letter to a constituent he will back the move, vowing to “maintain the pressure on the government as best he can”.

Gaynor Hartnell

Last month, Renewable Energy Association chief executive Gaynor Hartnell, left, said an announcement on the earlier date would send a signal that the UK “meant business” over decarbonisation.

“We have a legally binding carbon reduction target for 2050 and the sooner we have clarity on the path for achieving it the better. It will boost the confidence of those who need to invest the billions of pounds required to deliver a sustainable future,” she said.

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