Fossil fuels should be consigned to the dark ages, says the Yorkshire Party, in a statement on the county’s energy future and the environment.
The Party is particularly concerned at the continued reliance on coal and believes Yorkshire needs a comprehensive strategy to adopt greener technology to guarantee the county’s energy needs within a strong environmental framework.
The Yorkshire Party says: “We support the development of an energy policy for Yorkshire that has at its core an ambitious target of renewable energy usage and an innovative programme of low-carbon technology.”
“We point to the fact that 33.5% of our power is still coming from coal, and 10% from gas.” https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/digest-of-uk-energy-statistics-dukes#2017
Party Deputy Leader Chris Whitwood said: “A devolved Yorkshire Assembly would allow us to set progressive and ambitious targets for renewable energy usage in the region.
“It’s time to bring Yorkshire’s energy production into the 21st century, providing a sustainable future for our children.
“We need to be bold in our approach to energy generation and the transition to renewable sources. Governments have been far too weak on this issue in the past.
“This is not a decision we can leave for another generation, nor can we continue deflecting the issue with a ‘not in my backyard’ approach.
“Either we take serious steps to cutting our carbon footprint or we turn out the lights,” he said.
Despite the continued reliance on coal, the region is gaining a reputation within the sustainable energy sector – a trend the Yorkshire Party wants to see developed.
The Yorkshire Post reported in June 2018: “The burgeoning renewable energy sector in the region has been heralded as a ‘world leader’ as the industry plays an increasing role in servicing some of the world’s largest wind farms.
“A significant milestone was reached … towards the UK becoming a low-carbon economy with the opening of a new wind farm capable of powering over half a million homes.”
It was Matthew Wright, MD of the UK arm of Danish energy giant Ørsted, which operates Race Bank wind farm off the North Norfolk coast from Grimsby, who described the local industry as a “world leader”. Many of the blades on the 91 turbines were made across the Humber at Siemens Gamesa’s factory in Hull.
And as a statement of intent, Barnsley Council, in its Energy Strategy 2015-2025, said: “The Council’s Carbon Management Programme is not simply about saving money; it is also a clear demonstration of the Council’s determination to lead by example on the energy agenda, to encourage and support businesses and local communities across the Borough to recognise and grasp the opportunities and benefits of engaging and investing in greater energy efficiency and local, low-carbon energy production.”
In 2016, the Green Alliance Trust think-tank reported that Yorkshire was fourth overall among the English and Welsh regions for renewable energy capacity. However, the county was top when its renewable generation was expressed as a proportion of its electricity consumption. “More than half of the region’s installed renewable energy capacity comes from biomass and waste, whilst onshore wind, offshore wind, and solar PV make up most of the remaining capacity. The region continues to add more capacity in biomass for both heat and electricity generation,” it said.
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