Hull North MP calls for new Government target on fossil fuel emissions

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Published: Thursday 11th June 2015 by KCFM

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The MP for Hull North has called for the Government to introduce a target to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 2030.

At a summit this week, the leaders of the G7 countries committed to phasing out fossil fuels by the end of the century.

However, Diana Johnson argues that setting a target in the next two years would encourage investment in renewable energy in areas like Hull and the Humber.

In the Commons yesterday, Ms Johnson asked the Prime Minister:

If we are to play our part in meeting the G7’s commitment to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in this century, we will need binding targets such as the 2030 decarbonisation target, which could bring huge investment to areas such as Hull. Will the Prime Minister commit to bringing in such a binding target in the next two years?”

Mr Cameron said in response:

“I would draw the hon. Lady’s attention to the difference between the 2030 date and the end of the century date. I am all for decarbonising electricity as fast as we can, but we need to know that the means is there to do it. I want to know that carbon capture and storage really works before we make that commitment, otherwise we will not be able to have gas or coal plants and we will be left with only nuclear and renewables, which I do not think is a balanced energy mix.”

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Published: Thursday 11th June 2015 by KCFM

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