20 Nov 2007 03:11:57
PM calls for ''virtually all'' energy to be low carbon by 2020
Britain should derive nearly all its energy from clean energy sources by 2020, according to prime minister Gordon Brown.
In a speech yesterday (November 19th) Mr Brown called for "virtually" all of the UK''s electricity to be produced by low carbon sources by the end of next decade.
As well as stating the UK was "absolutely committed" to meeting EU targets requiring it to produce between 40 and 50 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, he suggested the UK could target an 80 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050.
"Virtually all electricity by 2020 [must be] from low carbon sources," he stated, "We must start that transformation now. We are going to have to change quite fundamentally [the way we produce electricity]."
"Now we''re about to embark on a comparable technological transformation to low carbon energy and energy efficiency and this represents an immense challenge to Britain, but it is also an opportunity," he added.
According to Reuters, less than two per cent of all Britain''s energy needs come from renewable sources, and four per cent of its electricity requirements.