Kwasi Kwarteng warns UK must stop relying on energy imports
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said Britain needs to develop its own “sovereign and local renewable energy system” to end its dependence on other countries as the summit on the climate change of COP26 opens
- Kwasi Kwarteng says UK must be a “producer and exporter” of renewable energy
- Business secretary says Britain must not be an energy “customer and importer”
- He said the UK needed a ‘national sovereign energy system’ based on renewable energy
Kwasi Kwarteng warned the UK must end its dependence on imported energy, as he said the nation must move to a “house” system based on renewable energy.
The Business Secretary said Britain must continue to push for a “sovereign” energy system to “protect people and businesses in the future”.
He said it was important for the UK to become a ‘producer and exporter’ of energy rather than a ‘customer and importer’.
He made the comments as the UK prepares to welcome world leaders to Glasgow for the COP26 climate change summit.
Kwasi Kwarteng warned the UK must end its dependence on imported energy as he said the nation must move to a ‘house’ system based on renewable energy
The Business Secretary said the UK can secure its own ‘energy independence’ by increasing the deployment of national nuclear, wind, hydrogen and solar power generation
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Kwarteng said the summit would be a “crucial two weeks” as countries attempt to craft a plan to cut harmful emissions and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
The cabinet minister said the summit “will demand that every nation pull together and assume its responsibilities.”
He said the recent volatility in gasoline prices had “highlighted” the “urgent need to end our dependence on fossil fuels, especially foreign oil and gas ”.
Mr. Kwarteng said ‘rrelying on other countries “for energy is” just not sustainable “, arguing that this” leaves the British people at the mercy of excessive fluctuations in world prices which are completely beyond our control “.
The business secretary said the UK can secure its own “energy independence” by increasing the deployment of national nuclear, wind, hydrogen and solar power generation.
He said: “If we want to protect people and businesses in the future, the solution is obvious: we have to move to a national and sovereign energy system where we can power our country with the renewable energies generated in this country, rather than elsewhere. ‘
Mr Kwarteng said the UK must become “a producer and exporter, rather than a customer and importer” of energy.
His comments came as Boris Johnson said the COP26 summit would be the “global moment of truth” on climate change.
The prime minister urged other world leaders to seize the opportunity and achieve the goal of preventing global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels.
Downing Street said COP26 will be one of the biggest events the UK has ever organized, with 25,000 delegates expected from 196 countries and the European Union.
Boris Johnson says COP26 summit will be ‘global moment of truth’ on climate change
Ministers, climate negotiators, civil society and business leaders are expected to participate in the discussions and debates during the two-week conference that begins tonight.
Mr Johnson, who is due to fly from the G20 from Rome to Glasgow on Sunday evening, said: “Cop26 will be the global moment of truth. The question everyone is asking is whether we are seizing this moment or leaving it behind. spin.
“I hope world leaders will hear them and come to Glasgow ready to respond with decisive action.
“Together, we can mark the beginning of the end of climate change – and end the uncertainty once and for all.”