22 Oct 2008 05:10:56
Carbon emissions targets to be met despite downturn
Carbon emissions targets will remain in place despite the current economic downturn, prime minister Gordon Brown has said.
Speaking to wind power conference, Mr Brown said that the UK would still strive to generate 15 per cent of electricity from renewable sources.
Delegates at the British Wind Energy Association's 30th anniversary conference were treated to a video message in which the prime minister lent his support to the industry.
"You may have heard some people say that these difficult economic times should or will reduce the government's commitment to building a low carbon economy. They should not and will not," he said.
"On the contrary, the investment and jobs we will create from our commitment to low carbon energy is one of the drivers that will bring us prosperity."
He said the government planned to "transform the energy sector" and create a £100 billion market for renewable energy sources in just over a decade, establishing around 160,000 jobs.
While the prime minister pledged to keep to renewable targets, Italy's Silvio Berlusconi asked for the EU to put back its emissions reduction timetable and claimed that ten EU states backed his suggestion.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-f...