20 Apr 2009 04:04:13
Britain must support innovation to reduce emissions
The British government must pursue a public policy that supports energy efficiency and technology innovation if it is to maximise carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and job opportunities, an expert has warned.
Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, said that a sustainable future is both an attractive proposition for taxpayers and an efficient use of public funding.
For this reason, he urged prime minister Gordon Brown to prioritise projects that reduce CO2 emissions and create jobs on the "greatest" scale.
"Building a low carbon economy is a game in two halves," the emissions expert claimed.
"The first is about driving energy efficiency into everything we do today - at work, at home and in transport," he noted, adding that the second is about creating industries and jobs "of the future".
Mr Delay also called for more funding for the development of clean energy products and technologies, such as offshore wind.
With such measures in place, he estimated that Britain could see the creation of 200,000 jobs and save 60 million tonnes of CO2 over the next decade.
The Carbon Trust is an independent organisation that was established by the government in 2001 to encourage enterprises to move towards a low carbon economy. http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/energy/takingaction/about-lo...