Responding to the Prime Minister’s commitment to offshore wind energy during his Conservative conference speech today (Tuesday), UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“Unfortunately, the government’s track record isn’t great and ministers are falling behind their own legally binding net-zero targets.
“Promises to decarbonise electricity though offshore wind are welcome, but it’s only part of the challenge. Doing the same for the heat and transport industries is vital, as is sorting out storage for the days when there’s no wind.
“Let’s hope the Prime Minister’s pledge of more wind power is not just his usual hot air and bluster, which won’t be enough to keep the lights on or warm the nation’s homes. Firm action is needed, and fast.”
Notes to editors
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
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