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Groups release energy 'manifesto'
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Renewables include onshore wind projects
Thirty-five environmental and energy groups have issued a joint manifesto in response to the UK government's current energy policy review.

The joint statement reflects the priorities and policies the groups believe should emerge from the review.

It calls on the government to uphold the vision and targets contained in the 2003 Energy White Paper.

Representatives from the groups along with MPs launched the manifesto at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.

Philip Wolfe, chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association, which helped organise the joint statement, 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 manifesto calls on the government to:

  • Uphold the objectives of the 2003 Energy White Paper and re-affirm its commitment to all related statutory and non-statutory targets
  • Develop a long-term policy framework to promote business investment
  • Minimise the energy gap "before trying to fill it"; reduce demand, encourage efficient energy production and usage, and boost renewables
  • Focus on sustainable heat and transport as well as electricity; and identify a single body responsible for achieving sustainable energy targets

Cartoon of energy dial (BBC)

The groups say this strategic framework, along with related policy measures, should "enhance sustainability, boost UK industry and reduce fuel poverty".

They hope this will also bolster energy security by reducing import dependence, maximising local resources and increasing the effectiveness of valuable fuels.

The government is currently undertaking a review of its energy strategy and is looking at how the UK can meet its future energy needs, while delivering affordable fuel to customers and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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