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BSRIA backs UN Chief Environment Scientist’s comments

Criticises the cuts in support for renewable energy in the UK BSRIA has backed the comments made by the UN’s Chief Environment Scientist, Professor Jacquie McGlade, who has criticised the cuts in support for renewable energy made in the UK. Sharing this information through an official communiqué, BSRIA quoted McGlade as saying that the UK was […]

| | Oct 21, 2015 | 4:55 pm
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Criticises the cuts in support for renewable energy in the UK

BSRIA has backed the comments made by the UN’s Chief Environment Scientist, Professor Jacquie McGlade, who has criticised the cuts in support for renewable energy made in the UK. Sharing this information through an official communiqué, BSRIA quoted McGlade as saying that the UK was “shifting away from clean energy as the rest of the world rushed towards it”.

Stressing that cuts in renewables subsidies, coupled with tax breaks for oil and gas, sent a “worrying signal” to the coming UN climate summit in Paris. Professor McGlade reportedly pointed out that the UK appeared to have abandoned its leadership on climate change, while 150 other nations were making unprecedented pledges to shift towards clean energy.

According to BSRIA, she added that it was disappointing when countries, such as the UK – that have led the way with getting their renewable energy up and going – then have subsidies withdrawn and the fossil fuel industry enhanced. Professor McGlade believed this sent the “wrong message” to other nations in the run-up to the Paris climate summit next month and to its preparatory meeting in Bonn this week.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive at BSRIA, agreeing with Professor McGlade’s comments, said: It’s a very serious signal – a very contrary signal that we do not want to create. Since the announcements of subsidy cuts in the summer, three solar firms have collapsed, more than 1,000 jobs have been lost in the clean energy industry and energy investors have started to drain away from the UK. We understand that the government is committed to getting a global deal in Paris and meet its targets on carbon emissions in the most costeffective way. BSRIA and its members will, therefore, eagerly await the outcome of the summit.”


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