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Submitted: 19 April 2006
Thirty-five organisations, concerned with securing clean, sustainable energy supplies, have today joined forces to issue a joint statement in response to the Government’s Energy Policy Review.

‘A Sustainable Energy Policy’, outlines what priorities and specific policy actions should come out of the Energy Review.

The manifesto was launched at the Houses of Parliament with high level, cross party support.

The manifesto calls on the Government to:

  • uphold the vision, objectives and targets of the 2003 Energy White Paper and re-affirm its commitment to all related statutory and non-statutory targets;
  • develop the long-term policy framework needed to promote business investment;
  • minimise the ‘energy gap’ before trying to fill it, by reducing demand, encouraging efficient energy production and usage, and then boosting renewables;
  • focus on sustainable heat and transport as well as electricity; and
  • identify a single body responsible for achieving sustainable energy targets.
Spearheading the alliance, Philip Wolfe, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, said:

“This is the last chance for Government to bring forward a sustained package of measures to deliver the objectives set out in 2003. Industry is looking for strong signals so we can invest in the necessary changes to our energy system.”

The environmental think tank Green Alliance was the other prime mover in the initiative and its Director, Guy Thompson said:

“It is only two years since the last energy review put energy efficiency and renewables at the heart of the fight against climate change. The government needs to grasp the nettle and develop a long term framework that will allow these technologies to deliver the carbon reductions that we so urgently need.”

All Party Group on Intelligent Energy
All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group
Association for the Conservation of Energy
British Hydropower Association
British Wind Energy Association
Combined Heat and Power Association
Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
Energy Saving Trust
Environmental Industries Commission
Friends of the Earth
Green Alliance
Institute for Public Policy Research
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Micropower Council
National Energy Action
National Energy Foundation
National Farmers Union
New Economics Foundation
Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group
Renewable Energy Association
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Scottish Parliamen Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Group
Scottish Renewables Forum
SERA Labour Environment Campaign
Solar Trade Association
Sustainable Energy Partnership
Town & County Planning Association
UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy
WorldWide Fund for Nature - UK

See the link to the manifesto below.

 Related Web Site(s)
Manifesto letter published in Financial Times 19/04/2006,_i_rssPage=71dcf940- . .
BBC coverage of manifesto

 Associated File(s)
The Sustainable Energy Manifesto
SusEnergyManifesto.pdf Download Acrobat ReaderDownload Acrobat Reader 

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