The Energy Bill campaign

Time for climate action is a joint call by the Methodist Church, Baptist Union, United Reformed Church and Quakers in Britain for a fair economy that works within the limits of our earth and climate.

The government’s independent Committee on Climate Change advises that the UK must almost completely decarbonise the power sector by 2030. The Energy Bill as currently drafted would allow high levels of carbon emissions from power stations until 2045.

We are therefore calling on government to commit in the Energy Bill to:

  • Provide the support necessary to create a power sector that relies on at least 60% renewable energy by 2030.
  • A clear target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030.

For further details of our policy recommendations on the Energy Bill, please see our  Energy Bill briefing.

Some have raised concerns that making increased use of renewable energy may lead to increasing fuel poverty. Please see our briefing Fuel Poverty and the role of clean low carbon energy – towards a joined-up strategy for the UK. This shows that green, clean energy does not cause fuel poverty. The main cause of rising fuel poverty levels is the increasing cost of gas and oil.

What can you do?

You can join the campaign for climate action in the Energy Bill by contacting your MP. Encourage others in your community to do the same so that your MP is persuaded to act on your concerns. Ask your MP to call on the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey to support the renewables sector and set a decarbonisation target for 2030 in the Energy Bill. You may want to give them a copy of our Energy Bill briefing for further recommendations.

For advice on contacting your MP, go to www.theyworkforyou.com


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