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Lords reject decarbonisation target in narrow vote

The House of Lords has voted against amending the Energy Bill obliging the Government set a 2030 decarbonisation target in 2014.

The amendment table by Labour life peer Lord Oxburgh was narrowly defeated by a 14 vote margin (202 for and 216 against).

Parliamentary under-secretary of state, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Baroness Verma (Cons) said any targets should be set in 2016.

She added: “At that point we can consider a decarbonisation target within the broader context of the trajectory of our whole economy towards our 2050 target.

“Moreover, in 2016 we will have a better understanding of how low-carbon forms of electricity have developed, the commercial deliverability of carbon capture and storage, the uptake of electric vehicles, and how the market is responding to the reforms included in this Bill.”

However, Lord Oxburgh told the House of Lords that arguments for setting a target would be “rushing” was weak and said: “We know what the committee expects and what its forward look demands for 2030. Waiting for the next carbon budget is a little bit of a procrastination and I do not think that it is a serious, substantial objection.”

In September MRW reported an EU-wide call for 2030 renewable targets after a pan-European coalition of renewable energy companies and associations urged EU ministers to set new legally binding targets on green energy production.

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