Clean power target: how did MPs vote?
Campaigning for a clean power target
To meet the targets in our Climate Act we need the UK’s energy sector to be almost carbon free by 2030. The best way to do this, and support our growing green economy, is to include in the Energy Bill a target to ‘decarbonise’ the energy sector by 2030, as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change.
In Autumn 2012, we campaigned for this target to be included in the Energy Bill, which would give business the certainty it needs to invest in the UK's green economy. But the Government announced that a decision on this target would be put off until 2016 – after the next General Election.
We continued the fight in Spring 2013, encouraging MPs from all parties to support a number of cross party amendments that would ensure the Energy Bill includes a decarbonisation target.
Despite gaining a huge amount of support, the vote to include a clean power target was lost in the House of Commons, but by only 23 votes: one of the closes votes this parliament.
In October 2013, the House of Lords followed suit and also narrowly rejected the clean power target - this time with a margin of just 7 votes!
Campaigning to include Aviation and Shipping in the Climate Act.
You may remember in the Autumn we were also campaigning for the government to include Aviation and Shipping emissions in the Climate Act. See an update on this campaign.