July 2019: News from your local MP
I’m so proud we’ve set a clean energy record
AS the local MP, I was recently honoured to have been appointed interim Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, a position I am delighted to hold in addition to my role as Science and Universities Minister, and in the coming weeks I will draw from both to highlight the vitally important work that science, research and our universities are doing in tackling climate change and delivering clean growth.
As part of this crucial work I was therefore proud to be part of a historic announcement last month, on the introduction of a legally binding net zero emissions target to end our country’s contribution to global warming by 2050. As Energy Minister, I am delighted this ambitious new Government plan will help us take decisive action to mitigate the effects of climate change, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, transforming our economy, creating new economic opportunities and green jobs, and delivering innovative technology to improve our quality of life.
Our strategy to decarbonise our economy already saw a great achievement in May, when the national grid was run for more than a fortnight without coal, for a record-breaking 18 days. This new net zero target sets an incredible challenge for our country, but one I am sure we can overcome by collaborating with businesses and industry and international partners.
This announcement is now more important than ever as we leave the EU, so we can send a strong signal to other countries of our commitment to address international problems, leading globally on climate change as part of our vision for the UK’s future, following our exit from the EU.
Locally, it was also a pleasure to officially unveil the foundation plaque to celebrate the latest milestone in the development of the new Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at Bristol and Bath Science Park.
The Institute’s work will help contribute to our move towards a greener economy, and crucially will bring great benefits to local residents, strengthening South Gloucestershire’s role at the forefront of advanced engineering and attracting investment, talent and businesses to our local area.