Chris Huhne: Renewable energy must be drastically increased

24 Nov 2010
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Chris Huhne: Renewable energy must be drastically increased

A drastic increase in renewable energy is needed for Britain to contribute to Europe's target for the reduction of carbon emissions.

This is according to the UK energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne, who pointed out that the country is almost at the bottom of the continent's league table for renewable energy.

Speaking to the Guardian's Cleantech Energy Summit earlier this week, he stated that the UK needs to be zero-carbon by 2030 in order to meet its carbon emissions targets.

"Our policy is based on four pillars: energy saving. More renewables. New nuclear. And clean coal and gas," he said.

He explained that the coalition's Green Deal is "the radical programme to bring our existing houses up to 21st century efficiency standards".

Russian energy minister Sergei Shmatko was recently quoted by Reuters as saying that the country is keeping a close eye on European energy policy as it decides whether or not to make an investment in renewable energy

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