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MPs come out in favour of renewable heat

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 13 October 2010 at 12:57 pm

MPs from all parties demonstrated their support for renewable heat yesterday, at an event organised by Friends of the Earth and the Renewable Energy Association.

Zac Goldsmith, Caroline Lucas and Alan Whitehead were some of the 47 MPs photographed in front of the Houses of Parliament and under a giant 21 ft solar-powered hot air balloon, which said “heating is half the UK CO2 problem”. 

All three are also sponsors of the current cross-party Early Day Motion 712 calling for renewable heat to be safeguarded under the Comprehensive Spending Review. It calls for:

"This House welcomes the Tariff Coalition's Half the Problem campaign, aimed at raising the share of UK heat energy that comes from renewable sources; recognises that 47 per cent. of current UK carbon emissions, and 49 per cent. of energy consumption, come from non-renewable heat energy; notes that the UK delivers a lower proportion of its heating needs from renewable sources than any other country in Europe, apart from Malta; further recognises that stop-start grant schemes have created an insecure investment climate within the UK, and that current political uncertainty is seriously undermining investment in the renewable heat sector; endorses the Government's commitment to bring in a renewable heat tariff by April 2011, to deliver 12 per cent. of UK heat from renewable sources by 2020; further recognises the benefits this will bring to UK jobs and energy security as well as to woodland biodiversity, waste management and climate change targets; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to make sure that these pledges are given priority in the October Spending Review."

So far 70 MPs have signed it. You can check if yours has, and if not do write to them and ask them to sign up urgently. There's only a week to go before the comprehensive spending review.

Campaigners were joined on College Green by new shadow Secretary of State Meg Hillier who was congratulated on appointment. 

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