Ruth Mitchell

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UK must be less reliant on fossil fuels

The UK is in danger of falling into an expensive energy future reliant on fossil fuels unless the Government takes immediate action to implement policies which limit investment in low-carbon technologies.

Environmental Group Friends of the Earth commissioned the report, which warned that the failures within the UK’s energy strategy could destabilize plans to decarbonise the economy.

The author of the report Mike Bradshaw said: “A perfect storm is brewing, with major uncertainty around all the elements of current UK energy policy.

“This could delay the low-carbon transition and lead to a continued reliance on fossil fuels - specifically gas, most of which will have been imported.”

Britain have become increasingly reliant on imported gas following a fall in production from indigenous North Sea fields. Much of this liquefied natural gas comes from energy-rich regions in the Middle East, which could leave the UK’s energy supplies exposed to geopolitical shocks.

He continued: “Including the shutting of the Straits of Hormuz limiting LNG exports from Qatar - the main source of UK LNG imports - which could trigger military intervention.

“Coming together these could result into an ever greater reliance of gas, at a time when its price is likely to increase because of growing demand from countries including China and India.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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