Three important reports released this month on the UK’s future in clean energy, climate change, and the Northern Energy Strategy have flagged the critical need to urgently prioritise low-carbon energy generation and the climate change obligations that the UK must meet by 2030.
And essentially for campaigners against fracking, only one of the reports mentions the industry. The report where fracking is discussed, briefly mentions it in a minimised capacity and doesn’t include it in UK future energy projections.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy released their Gas Security and Supply report yesterday, with a strategic analysis on outline energy projections for the coming years. The government indicated that shale gas is not needed for energy security and did not include it as a contribution to energy production figures for the UK.
The Clean Growth Strategy was also released this week, with positive talk from the UK government of a low-carbon future for the UK on ‘decarbonising the gas grid by substituting natural gas with low carbon gases like biogas and hydrogen.’
Theresa May stated within the report:
“Clean growth is not an option, but a duty we owe to the next generation, and economic growth has to go hand-in-hand with greater protection for our forests and beaches, clean air and places of outstanding natural beauty.”
Additionally, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) released their A Northern Energy Strategy this week stated:
“Shale gas has garnered significant opposition from local communities and may be too environmentally risky to proceed with.”
Claire Stephenson from Frack Free Lancashire said:
“It’s unbelievable that the UK government are still insisting on forcing fracking onto unwilling communities when all scientific and public opinion is pointing the other way. If we are to meet our climate change obligations and truly have a chance at a clean future, we must immediately abandon the dangerous and misguided folly that is fracking.”
Steve Mason from Frack Free United said:
“This is getting ridiculous. All the so-called arguments for fracking are toppling like dominoes. The evidence is stacked so high against the industry, only their corporate muscle keeps fracking on the agenda.
“This Tory government is backing fracking and forging on with a ludicrous dirty energy policy. It is time for them to wake up and listen to their own reports, the voice of the public in areas under threat and halt all fracking activity now.”