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Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the agreement by UN members to tackle climate change at Lima, said:

“The Lima Call for Climate Action is an important step towards a global climate deal in Paris next year. But many crucial details remain to be resolved. The Government must now engage through every diplomatic channel and at every opportunity to ensure that a global, legally-binding treaty on climate change is agreed.

“Under the last Labour government, Britain was the first country in the world to enshrine a long-term emissions target into law, inspiring action in other countries around the world. Britain must lead by example again. That's why the next Labour Government will set a decarbonisation target for the power sector for 2030, unshackle the Green Investment Bank and reverse the decline in investment in clean energy we have seen under David Cameron."

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Comment on the agreement by UN members to tackle climate change at Lima

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the agreement by UN members to tackle climate change at Lima, said: “The Lima Call for Climate Action...

JonathanReynoldsOurTeam.jpgJonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, commenting on the announcement that the Government’s Green Deal Home Improvement solid wall insulation fund has closed just one day after it opened, said:

“The Government’s energy efficiency policy is now in total chaos. The Green Deal has been a total flop, and after the last round of the Home Improvements Fund, which closed after just six weeks, Labour warned that without a change of approach the Government would be throwing good money after bad. Now this fund has closed the very next day after it opened. With policies like this, it’s no surprise people think the Government is totally clueless when it comes to dealing with energy bills.

 

“If the Government really wants to do something about the millions of people living in cold homes, it should back Labour’s comprehensive and long-term energy efficiency strategy. Under our plans, 5 million homes will be upgraded over 10 years, with targeted support for households in fuel poverty, improved energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector and up to a million interest-free loans for home insulation in the next Parliament.”

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The Government’s energy efficiency policy is now in total chaos - Reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, commenting on the announcement that the Government’s Green Deal Home Improvement solid wall insulation fund has closed just one day...

TomGreatrexOurTeam.jpgLabour’s amendments to the Infrastructure Bill would overhaul the existing framework and give us a regulatory regime that is fit for purpose.

In 2012, the Royal Academy of Engineers and the Royal Society produced a joint paper examining the regulatory regime for shale gas. They found that the “health, safety and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing” could be safely managed if proper regulation was in place. David Cameron took this as an all clear to go "all out for shale" and has since pushed ahead recklessly in his dash for gas, citing the most optimistic job projections and endorsing the misleading notion from George Osborne that somehow shale gas is automatically cheap.

The reality is that there are clear flaws in the existing framework, and without robust regulation and comprehensive monitoring then extraction of shale cannot go ahead. Environmental Impact Assessments are mandatory for sites over one hectare – shale gas operators have been buying up 0.99 hectare plots. The integrity of the well has to be inspected by an independent party – but the current definition of “independent” allows that person to be on the shale gas company’s payroll. Baseline assessments of levels of methane in the groundwater remain optional. But despite these obvious loopholes, David Cameron’s government have repeatedly side-lined genuine and legitimate environmental concern and seem prepared to accept shale gas at any cost.

That is not acceptable, and is why Labour will today propose a fundamental overhaul of the regulations for shale gas in a series of amendments to the coalition's Infrastructure Bill.

You can read the rest of the article on: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/12/slowing-coalitions-dash-gas-labour-will-overhaul-shale-gas-regulations

Slowing the coalition's dash for gas: Labour will overhaul shale gas regulations

Labour’s amendments to the Infrastructure Bill would overhaul the existing framework and give us a regulatory regime that is fit for purpose. In 2012, the Royal Academy of Engineers and...

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