Minister claims UK government is committed to renewable energy

13 Oct 2010
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Minister claims UK government is committed to renewable energy

UK energy minister Charles Hendry has claimed that the coalition government is committed to developing the renewables industry.

He was speaking at Westminster Hall at an event designed to debate the future of renewable energy, reports the London Evening Standard.

"We are committed to securing a significant increase in investment in renewables. We are in no doubt about the potential offshore wind can bring in energy security," he said.

Mr Hendry added that offshore wind is one area of renewable energy in particular that the UK government wants to explore as part of a move towards a low-carbon economy.

He said it could create green jobs and in turn boost the British economy, through the expansion of the manufacturing sector in the country.

The Confederation of British Industry released a new report earlier this week that suggested waste to energy projects are the way forward for renewables.

It wants the coalition government to do more to encourage firms to convert their waste to energy rather than send it to landfill. 

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