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29 Apr 2009 04:04:06

UK energy secretary urges shift to low carbon economy

UK energy secretary urges shift to low carbon economy
The UK cannot afford to allow any obstruction to the development and use of low carbon technologies, a minister has warned.

According to Ed Miliband, the pursuit of energy security against a backdrop of accelerating climate change means that there is no other option but for the various low carbon sectors to work together.

Writing in the Times, the energy secretary argued that the only policy available is to improve energy efficiency while pursuing the "trinity of low carbon technologies"; namely renewables, nuclear and clean fossil fuels.

He highlighted the importance of energy sources such as wind and sea, but suggested that the ability to reduce carbon emissions produced by burning fossil fuels will be critical to a low carbon future as long as coal, gas and oil remain central to the world's energy needs.

"The rich world must act first, but that won't stop dangerous climate change unless we help the poorest countries to act too," Mr Miliband urged. "The problem of coal, the most polluting fuel on the planet, is a global one that needs a solution."

Last week, the government minister proposed new legislation requiring all future coal-fired power stations to be fitted with carbon capture and storage technology (CCS).

He also laid out plans for a wholesale retrofit of existing facilities with CCS, once it has been "independently judged" that the technology is viable.



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29 Apr 2009

The energy industry is a hot topic for all UK households. Which energy generation strategy is right for the UK is just one important topic that you might want to have your say on, ask a question about or discuss.

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