Conservative party secretary promises Britain will speed up switch to green energy

Chris Huhne, the UK energy and climate change secretary, has  promised that over the next decade Britain would increase the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources more quickly than any other state in the European Union.

Huhne, a member of the conservative party, was recently quoted in The Guardian as saying

[The UK is] exceeded in our paucity of delivery only by Malta and Luxembourg. This is the legacy we have inherited. The essential legacy is pretty damn poor. We have got massive catch up. We will be the fastest improving country on renewables in the EU between now and 2020. I’m absolutely determined about that and it will happen.

A recent report carried out by Bloomberg Energy Finance for Pew Charitable Trusts corroborates Huhne’s assertion. The report forecasts that, based on current policies, $114bn (£73bn) will be invested in renewable energy in Britain between 2010 and 2020. This ranks as the fourth highest amount in the world. Germany will spend more, but its rate of investment will fall, according to the report.

Huhne’s comments are seen as reassuring environmentalists that David Cameron’s post-election pledge to be the “greenest government ever” remains a priority.

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