Setting a decarbonisation target “sooner rather than later” will help the UK secure a global lead in the green energy sector, a Lib Dem backbencher has said.
Andrew George told MPs it was Lib Dem policy to set a decarbonisation target now rather than in 2016 but in coalition Government “sometimes you can’t always get the outcome you desire”.
Speaking during his Westminster Hall debate on decarbonising energy generation, the MP for St Ives voiced concerns over the politics of introducing such a target.
“It is my intention to advance the economic case for green jobs and investment as the fundamental justification and raison d’etre for advancing as quickly as possible a decarbonisation agenda in the UK. If we are to corner a global market here then the UK needs to lead the way,” he said.
“Looking decades ahead which is absolutely right, the worry is that actually it is the political agenda which might drive the basis on which the decarbonisation targets are met.”
Carbon target needed to boost green economy