6 July 2009
Time to release renewable energy potential
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today launched moves in Parliament calling on the Government to drastically increase investment in British renewable energy sources.
Mr Barrett has tabled a parliamentary motion damning the Government’s failure to unlock the huge potential of the renewable energy market in the UK.
Mr Barrett called on the Government to commit to increased investment in renewables ahead of the release of the new ‘Renewable Energy Strategy Paper’, which will outline the Government’s approach to renewable energy.
A recent high profile report by the Royal Society criticised the Government for failing to support the renewables industry.
John Barrett said:
“With the huge potential for tidal and wind power in the UK and Scotland in particular, we should be the world leader in renewable technology.
“There are so many possibilities in the British Isles for effective wind and marine renewable energy sites, but the government has not taken the necessary steps to turn this potential into reality.
“Renewables can provide a safe and secure supply of energy, but this will only happen with proper Government support. This is a serious issue, and demands a more serious investment. Without it this latest strategy will rightly be seen as yet more hot air from Westminster.”
John Barrett has tabled the following Early Day Motion:
That this house believes that the UK has summarily failed to take advantage of the renewable energy potential of the British Isles; welcomes the publication of ‘Roadmap for low Carbon Future’ the new report by the Royal Society which calls for a major investment in renewable energy sources to create a low-carbon economy; calls on the Government to prioritise investment in renewable energy research and technology.