Climate change minster Huhne points to Britain's woeful record on renewables, being one of the worst in Europe. Doesnt mention the vast number of LD Cllrs who vote against renewables schemes; though to be fair Lab and Tory are if anything worse.
As the confused Nick Clegg said 'the LibDems have long been the greenest of the main three parties - the difference now is that it is not just a green party but a green party of government'.
All three have an apalling record on renewables. Tory, Labour and LibDem
Greenhouse gas emissions increased 2.9 per cent last year. Domestic CO2 emissions alone jumped 13.5 per cent during 2009, the DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) said, partly attributing the surge on a cold winter and the lack of effective insulation in many British homes. Which they have done very little to improve the situation now puts UK emissions at about 17 per cent below benchmark 1990 levels. Mostly due to using more gas and less coal power generation, not any green initiatives.
The UK needs to implement a further 17 per cent reduction over the next nine years to hit the target of 34 percent.
The emissions rise is due in part to the recession hitting industry and energy use, 2009 had seen large falls in greenhouse gases (down 8.7% on 2008). But the increase means that the UK's target of cutting emissions by 35% by 2022 is now harder to meet.
Campaigners warned that the rise showed that efforts to transform the UK's economy on to a low-carbon footing were not working.
Andy Atkins, executive director of Friends of the Earth, said: "Our economy is as dangerously hooked on fossil fuels as it was twenty years ago – so emissions are bound to rise as the economy picks up. The government has repeatedly promised to build a low-carbon economy to tackle climate change and insulate us all from yo-yoing fuel prices, but the Treasury refuses to lay the foundations or pay for the bricks."
The total amount of UK greenhouse gas emissions produced during 2010 was 491.7 million tonnes, according to the DECC, although this figure may be revised at a later date. The release of this data coincided with a separate report on global investments into renewable energy.
Previously ranked the world number three in terms of both current and future renewable investments, the UK now sits behind at least ten other nations in a new league table topped by China.
“Britain's blighted by inefficient and draughty homes which is why we want to help people waste less energy through the Green Deal and install new cleaner technologies to heat their homes”, Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, explained. “As we come out of recession the [Conservative and Liberal Democrat] Coalition's determined to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. That's why we are pushing on all fronts to turn around Britain's woeful record on renewables.”
They took the name of the Green Deal from us but its so watered down its not cut emissions yet. The Greens want 10% cuts in emissions every year. So do many people. Remember 10:10, 10% cuts in 2010.
Lets see some real action on cutting Emissions
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