BPF meets Conservative Energy and Climate Change spokesman Greg Clark MP
On 22nd January BPF Staff Peter Davis, Philip Law and Hon Treasurer Philip Watkins MD of Gabriel-Chemie met Greg Clark MP Shadow spokesman for Energy and Climate Change at Gabriel-Chemie.
Security of Energy Supply
Mr Clark thanked the BPF for their briefing documents on concerns that UK energy supply will not be able to meet demand in 2015-17 due to old coal and nuclear capacity being scrapped and lack of gas storage.
Mr Clark said he was bringing out an Energy Strategy Paper in a few weeks time which would set out how his Party would tackle the looming supply problem.
On fast tracking planning permission for nationally important energy facilities he said he was against undemocratic quangoes like the Government’s Independent Planning Commission. Key planning permissions would be ratified in the House of Commons and the final decision would be with the Secretary of State.
Energy from Waste
Greg Clark said he was in favour of increasing UK Energy from Waste capacity. He said the country needed to have a mix of facilities, not just anaerobic digestion.
He agreed to consider, if his Party came to power, a public information campaign on the benefits of Energy from Waste which are not understood in the UK.
Climate Change Agreements and Carbon Tax
Greg Clark said details of the Conservative Carbon Tax which, if they came to power, would replace Climate Change Levy, will be in their Energy Strategy Paper.
On the Government’s reduction in the Climate Change Agreement’s rebate from 80% to 65% from April 2011 Mr Clark said it was a source of revenue and putting it back to 80% was questionable in the current financial climate. More important is to try and prevent the April 2011 NICS increase.
Peter Davis Director General of BPF said, “It was a good discussion where he took on board our concerns. Hopefully these will be addressed in his Energy Strategy paper.”
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1) British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade association for the plastics industry – representing the whole supply chain including polymer producers, distributors, additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors and recyclers.