Monday, 13 August 2007

Cover-up plan for UK energy target

From The Guardian today:

"Government officials have secretly briefed ministers that Britain has no hope of getting remotely near the new European Union renewable energy target that Tony Blair signed up to in the spring - and have suggested that they find ways of wriggling out of it...under current policies Britain would miss the EU's 2020 target of 20% energy from renewables by a long way"

Based on the current policy, renewables would account for only 5% of Britain's energy mix by 2020, the document says. The EU average is 7%; Germany is at 13%. Some suggestions to "blag" their way out of it are the inclusion of nuclear energy in the "green" calculation or investing in solar power in Africa....


Read the leaked internal briefing paper here and the Guardian's leader here.

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