Virginia Crosbie MP (Conservative MP for Ynys Môn) We must embrace the economic and political opportunities of decarbonisation. As the UK leads the world in transitioning away from a carbon fuelled economy the development of new technologies, especially in the field of renewable energy, will be crucial. The main challenge presented by renewable energy – especially for us here in the UK – has historically been that of reliability due mainly to our often-unpredictable weather. Benjamin Franklin famously stated that “the only two certainties in life are death and taxes”. However, since being elected as the MP for Ynys Môn, I have realised that he made a major omission in his certainties – that of the tides. Last week I was able to view first-hand the work of Minesto, which has established its HQ and assembly facility in Holyhead, in developing its tidal kite technology. I saw how its Holyhead Deep project can act as the hub for developing the tidal energy industry in the UK. Technologies such as these will be a key component of our energy mix and in securing the reliability in energy production that we will require. They will also help to bring new jobs and economic prosperity to areas such as Ynys Môn. Civil nuclear power production, with the reliability and capacity that it offers, is also key to our decarbonisation. The construction of Wylfa Newydd (a new nuclear power station) on Ynys Môn has the potential to deliver thousands of high skilled employment and training opportunities and to start the reverse of two decades of economic decline on the island. But our decarbonisation will be for nothing if other economies, especially developing economies, do not follow our example but instead simply increase their CO2 emissions as their economies grow. As we negotiate new trade deals across the globe, we must offer greater incentives to countries that work to minimise their emissions. The resulting potential increase in global demand for our green energy production technologies would be invaluable in further unlocking our own economic potential. While the UK is responsible for roughly 1% of global CO2 emissions, this does not take into account the CO2 produced in the manufacture of our imported consumer goods. By offering lower – or eliminating entirely – tariffs on imported goods that have been produced using green energy, the UK can truly become the world leader in reducing the global economic dependency on fossil fuels.
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Sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be banned by 2030 and frequent flyers should pay extra tax to help the UK to meet its climate targets, according to a coalition of 60 charities. They also want hundreds of wind and solar farms built in the countryside and all airport expansion to be scrapped. The charities, which include the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Women’s Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Christian Aid and the Woodland Trust, have written to Boris Johnson urging him to introduce tough measures this year before a climate change summit hosted by the UK in Glasgow in November. They say that Britain needs to set an example if other countries are to be persuaded to make serious commitments on emissions at the summit. The charities want the UK to set a stricter short-term emissions target for 2030 to drive action towards the government’s long-term, legally binding target of making the UK carbon neutral by 2050.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson should “turbocharge” policies to cut Britain’s carbon emissions so the country can lead by example when it hosts a major U.N. climate summit in Glasgow in November, campaign groups said on Monday. The campaigners set out their priorities in a “Glasgow Action Plan here” that included Britain unveiling more ambitious and detailed decarbonization plans ahead of the summit, stopping financing fossil fuel projects abroad, and leading international efforts to boost aid for countries hit by climate disasters. Britain should also ramp up support for what are known as “nature-based solutions” – harnessing processes at work in soil, forests, grasslands, peatlands, mangroves or other ecosystems to absorb and store large amounts of carbon, the letter said.
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