Facing questions from a panel of MPs regarding the upcoming Energy Bill, Mr Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, said only one or two companies didn’t want such a target, although he refused to name them.
The Energy Bill famously managed to avoid the issue of setting a carbon target, pushing the decision on what our carbon emission target for 2030 will look like back to 2016 for the next government to deal with.
The absence of such a target has raised the ire of a number of MPs, most notably the former environment minister Tim Yeo.
Mr Yeo favours a shift to renewable energy encouraged by clear carbon targets. Speaking last year he said:
“Lumbering the economy with a centralised power system largely reliant on gas would be like running an office using a fax machine in the age of the iPad,”
The Energy Bill is currently under committee scrutiny, with a third-reading likely in May according to the Guardian, leaving open the possibility of amendments.