Energy

Climate change is the most urgent and complex environmental issue we face today.

Farming and rural communities are already suffering the effects of wetter winters, more storms, high winds and shifting seasons. As sea levels rise, we’re likely to see dramatic further changes. In the East of England we will lose fens, beaches and probably entire villages too.

Our high-carbon economy, based on roads and airport expansion, and energy-wasting buildings, needs to make way for low-carbon, carefully planned development. CPRE have been championing this kind of development for many years. We’re already seeing what will happen if we do not make the switch.

We urgently need to halt the damage to our countryside, by reducing the amount we consume overall and using our natural resources more responsibly.

We need to use the energy we consume more efficiently and reduce our overall demand for energy to help meet the UK’s target of reducing greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide emissions, by at least 80% by 2050.

Energy companies should be encouraged to deliver energy reduction and efficiency, not simply lower prices. Energy users should be equipped with smart meters and smart grids to see how much energy they use, and sell any excess electricity back to the grid. We want to see checks on fossil fuel production, and encourage the use of renewable or low-carbon energy sources so that communities can produce their own electricity and heat.

 

Fracking

What is Fracking?Fracking, fracturing bedrock by injecting water and other substances under pressure to release oil or gas in commercially useable quantities has a long history. It has been used in the UK for decades, for instance at Wytch Farm in Dorset.

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Solar Farms in Herefordshire

CPRE Herefordshire supports the idea of sustainable energy generation, including PV solar panels, but, as with polytunnels, SCALE and LOCATION must be taken into account before planning permission is granted for solar arrays (sometimes called solar farms). 

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Light Pollution

Herefordshire Enjoys The Darkest Skies In EnglandWhilst it is true that the county has the darkest skies in England, this is based on average light levels

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Wind Farms in Herefordshire

Onshore Wind TurbinesThe decisions we make to mitigate climate change will have a lasting effect on the countryside. Alongside measures to address energy conservation and demand, CPRE believes we must choose an appropriate mix of renewable energy technologies and deploy them in a way, which safeguards the countryside and protects valued landscapes.

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