The Yorkshire Party’s increasing importance in guiding the county towards a clean energy future, has been underlined by its role in a national event focusing on solar energy.
Party Leader Chris Whitwood and Environment Spokesperson Andy Walker were invited to a Parliamentary reception on the future of the technology
The event – organised by the Solar Trade Association – brought together industry experts, researchers and politicians to mark the launch of a report highlighting the natural capital value of solar energy.
Chris said: “It was excellent to engage with industry experts and researchers who are leading the way in renewable energy. However, it is also clear that there is a long way to go to create a truly environmentally sustainable energy sector in Yorkshire.
“To be invited to events such as this marks a step change. People are recognising that the Yorkshire Party is a growing political force and as a positive and viable alternative to the Westminster that we can play a part in driving forward the changes needed to protect Yorkshire’s environment and create a green economy.”
The event comes a week after Yorkshire Party Councillor Andy won cross-party support for a resolution calling on East Riding of Yorkshire Council to recognise a global climate emergency. But his initiative was sabotaged by Conservative councillors.
Andy said: “Yorkshire produces about 16% of the UK’s electricity. Yorkshire has a proud heritage in energy – we paid a high price and learned hard lessons.
“We’ve earned our place at the table – it is right that our voice on the future of energy is heard .
“With greater powers and investment we could become world leaders in green energy production for the 21st century.”
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