Friday, 29 January 2016 16:56

Fresh blow to Cameron over Carbon Capture Storage

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BILL DOUBLES ON UK CLIMATE TARGETS AFTER TORY ENERGY BETRAYAL
 
 The UK government’s mismanagement of the Scottish and UK-wide energy sector has been exposed this week in a letter to Tory energy secretary Amber Rudd from the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the statutory body providing evidence-based advice to government.


 
 In their damning letter, the CCC has issued a stern warning to the UK government that the cost of meeting their global obligations on carbon reduction – as agreed in Paris in December 2015 – will double without carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
 
 The Tory government betrayed a manifesto pledge in November last year in pulling the plug on £1 billion of funding for a pioneering CCS scheme at Peterhead, which would have created 600 jobs in the local economy and helped Scotland become a global leader in clean energy technology.
 
 David Cameron faces fresh criticism for his role in swindling the economy of the North East of Scotland out of vital investment in clean energy. Barely two months after his Tory government scrapped the £1 billion CCS project for Peterhead he arrived in Aberdeen yesterday to announce a meagre £20 million support for the energy industry – including a paltry £1.5 million “Energy Game Changer” fund.
 
 Commenting, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:
 
 “The Committee on Climate Change is the latest in a series of industry experts and business leaders to condemn the decision of the Tory government to scrap the £1 billion CCS investment in Peterhead.
 
 “Not only is it a total betrayal of the North East of Scotland, at the cost of 600 jobs for the local community, but it’s going to prove a costly move by David Cameron and his cronies – doubling the price tag of meeting our global obligations on carbon reduction.
 
 “This week, the Prime Minister had the audacity to show up in Aberdeen to announce £1.5 million for what he calls an ‘energy game changer’ fund just two months after his government pulled the plug on a bonus billion for the energy sector in the North East.
 
 “The Committee is right to call for a ‘rapid’ rethink on CCS – the decision to scrap the promised investment in Peterhead has been exposed as rash and reckless accounting from the Tory government, which will cost all of us.” 

Notes:


 Letter from Committee on Climate Change to UK Government Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd MP - https://documents.theccc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Paris-Agreement-and-fifth-carbon-budget-CCC-letter-to-Rt-Hon-Amber-Rudd.pdf
 
 CCC letter states: “Our estimates, and those of others, suggest the cost of meeting 2050 targets would be twice as high without CCS. It is also vital to meeting the longer-term global goal of reaching net zero (possibly negative) emissions.” And “Without rapid development of an effective approach to deliver CCS, much larger and more costly actions will have to be taken in sectors such as transports, buildings and agriculture to prepare for the 2050 target in the Climate Change Act.”
 
 Page 57 of the Tory 2015 general election manifesto said: “We have been the greenest government ever ... committing £1bn for carbon capture and storage.”