today congratulated Hazel Grove Liberal Democrat MP Andrew Stunell for
supporting green jobs and growth in the North West.
Andrew Stunell this
morning became the ninth Lib Dem to join a growing body of cross-party MPs calling
for the Government to change its energy policy. (1)
In question is whether there should be a goal for carbon-free
electricity by 2030 built into the Energy Bill going through Parliament. The
goal is part of Lib Dem party policy but was left out of the legislation following
pressure from Chancellor George Osborne and the Treasury, who prefer increased
use of gas over clean electricity.
Stunell has now added his name to an amendment that would see the 2030 goal put
is fantastic to see people like Andrew sticking their neck out to safeguard
green jobs and growth in the North West,” said Greenpeace Energy Campaigner
were more green jobs in the North West in 2010-11 than the motor and telecommunications
trades combined (2), and across Britain, one third of all growth in 2011-2012 came
from the low carbon sector.
2030 amendment is crucial for continued investment and growth in low carbon
goods and services, but George Osborne has tried to side-line it to clear the
way for his dash for gas.
is people like Andrew Stunell who may just help carbon-free power become law,
which will be cleaner, safer and cheaper over time. The Government’s own energy
advisors have said that renewable electricity will be hundreds of pounds
cheaper a year for the average household over time than gas.” (3)
of industry leaders, investors, business and civil society groups have called publicly
for the 2030 target. (4) An editorial in the Times earlier this month also
backed it. (5)
energy rebellion is expected to come to a head in a key Commons vote next month.
more information, please contact the Greenpeace press office on 02078658255
(2)North West statistics:
- 93,909 low carbon and environmental jobs in 2010-11, compared with
motor trades (58,100), financial services (100,500) and telecommunications
(21,100). (Reference: Green employment data: Department for Business,
Innovation & Skills (BIS), 2012, Low carbon environmental goods and
services: report for 2010-11; general employment data: ONS, 2011 , Business
register employment survey 2010