Ian Murray's Decarbonisation Bill stands no prospect of becoming law in its current form

Decarbonisation would give industry 'certainty'

A decarbonisation target should be set next year to offer certainty to industry and protect green jobs, a Labour MP said today.

Attempts were made in both the Commons and the Lords earlier this year to force the Government to add a clause to the Energy Bill requiring them to set a 2030 carbon emissions target by April 1 next year, but both failed.

Today, Labour MP Ian Murray condemned the failure by ministers to agree a binding target, insisting it broke earlier promises made by both Prime Minister David Cameron and Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

Moving a Bill under the 10-minute rule, Mr Murray said a target set in 2014 should be met by 2030.

He told MPs: "The Energy Bill has almost concluded its passage through this House... there has been a robust debate about putting a decarbonisation target on the face of this legislation. This would have shown strong commitment and leadership on this very important issue.

"But this is not just about strong leadership in the fight against climate change but about developing a new and dynamic green economy that puts the UK at the forefront of low carbon technology, developing the skills and jobs of the future, diversifying the economy to ensure it delivers for everyone.

"A clear decarbonisation target would help to stimulate green growth in the economy, help tackle spiralling energy bills, improve energy security and, of course, reduce our dependence on a carbon footprint.

"Without this Bill, it could leave households even more vulnerable to completely unnecessary increases to their energy bills and cause Britain to miss out on vital new green energy jobs."

The Edinburgh South MP said the target should be reducing emissions to between 50g and 100g of CO2 per KWh.

"This is a very simple Bill, which says clearly to investors we will give them certainty, says clearly we care about climate change, says clearly we care about jobs in the green economy, says clearly we want security of supply and it says clearly we want cheaper and more efficient energy," Murray said.

Murray's Decarbonisation Bill was given an unopposed first reading by MPs but stands no prospect of becoming law in its current form.

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