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Energy Bill could be key to a low carbon future

2 April 2013 | by Helen Collinson

The world's poorest people live on the front line of climate change. They are affected first and worst, yet have done least to cause the problem. This is completely unjust.

This month we have a great opportunity to ensure the UK gets on track to a low carbon future.

An energy bill being debated in Parliament could ensure a virtually carbon-free electricity sector in the UK by 2030.

This would help protect communities not only in the UK but also in the world’s poorest countries, where climate change is already wreaking havoc.

Disappointingly the draft of the Bill published in December did not include the decarbonisation target which the UK’s green economy needs to attract more investment and jobs.

But all is not lost. Conservative MP Tim Yeo has tabled an amendment to include a 2030 decarbonisation target in the Bill.

While this has already attracted diverse support in Parliament, we need many more MPs to back it in the next few weeks if it is to be included in the Bill.

Without strong and binding targets to reduce our carbon emissions, we risk sending the message to green business to go elsewhere, we risk our carbon emissions increasing and we risk losing the fight against catastrophic climate change that is already devastating communities across the world.

This is a fight we cannot afford to lose.

Before the end of April, please ask your MP to support a stronger Energy Bill that includes an ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions for the UK power sector to near-zero by 2030. 

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Helen Collinson

Helen Collinson is Christian Aid's senior public advocacy advisor.