A move to renewable energy generation would save every family in Britain £1,600 through reduced energy bills and other benefits, Greenpeace has claimed.
The environmental campaigner has long been an advocate of switching to renewable forms of power generation, such as wind and solar power, and says that the UK needs to adopt the same mindset if it is to avoid hitting consumers in the pocket.
Public support for change
Figures published by Greenpeace indicate that 82% of people would like to see the government place a greater focus on renewable energy as part of its policies, and Greenpeace has used this data to persuade MPs to vote in favour of green policies in the coalition’s long-awaited Energy Bill.
The Bill will enter its report stage next week, when MPs will be given the chance to have their say on which policies should be adopted in the document, and Greenpeace says that a move to renewables is not only attractive from an environmental standpoint, but also from a cost-saving perspective.
The organisation cited recent figures published by the Committee on Climate Change, which estimates that switching to renewables would save families an average of around £1,600 – something Greenpeace says is likely to counter arguments that fossil fuels are more cost-effective.
“They’re facts. Like death, or taxes – or cleaning up our power system. If we want to tackle climate change, we are going to have to close dirty coal and gas power stations and start generating low-carbon, renewable electricity,” Greenpeace said.
Hooked on fossil fuels
It claimed that George Osborne is “hooked on fossil fuels” and urged MPs to persuade the chancellor that a green approach is likely to be beneficial, particularly in the long run when fossil fuel supplies begin to dwindle.
It comes after major accountancy firm Ernst & Young recently warned that the government’s lack of clarity over the Energy Bill is putting off potential investors and causing the UK to lose out on millions, or even billions, of pounds of investment.
This money could not only be used to help stabilise the country’s energy security and meet climate change targets, but the added stability could also help to limit energy bills, and renewable energy would be produced in Britain, rather than overseas, where the country currently imports much of its power from.
Chain of events
MPs are set to vote on the Energy Bill on Tuesday (June 4th) and Greenpeace believes the actions of those involved could dictate the direction that Britain’s future energy policy will take.
“If they stand up to Osborne and put a clean power target into the Energy Bill, we can boost our economy and help tackle climate change,” the organisation concluded.
Whether the chancellor would be deterred from his vision and cede to energy secretary Ed Davey – a major advocate of green energy – remains to be seen, though it is clear that many changes are likely to be made before the Energy Bill is finally published.