Green energy pledge call

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Regen SW has written to all MPs in the south west inviting them to pledge to develop a “world-leading” renewable energy industry – employing 34,000 people by the end of the decade.

Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman

The pledge is at the heart of the South West Renewable Energy Manifesto, which sets out eight key commitments to put sustainable energy at the heart of our economic future.

The manifesto is supported by Local Enterprise Partnerships from the West of England, Cornwall and the Isles of Scily, Dorset, and the Heart of South West and sponsored by Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, and Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie.

It will be launched at the House of Commons on June 4.

Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen SW, said: “The South West Renewable Energy Manifesto is a unique commitment from industry, Local Enterprise Partnerships and MPs to build a world-leading sector employing 34,000 people by the end of this decade.”

Regen’s research shows a rapid growth in renewable energy generation over the past 12 months, but, despite this, the region is not on track to hit current Government renewable energy targets of 15% by 2020. The manifesto sets out an ambitious target to drive forward the industry and deliver high-value jobs through specific commitments.

The full document can be viewed here.

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