Renewable energy must play a part in tackling the climate crisis
We must choose an appropriate mix of renewable energy technologies.
The 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.
Onshore wind and solar will undoubtedly play a role in any mix but questions remain over where it should be located. There is an increasing body of scientific and public opinion that we must reduce and eventually cease the use of fossil fuels.
Climate change will only be achievable through government leadership and green investment. As voters, the public must keep the pressure on government for real change that will deliver reduction in CO2 emissions. New policy direction with the correct incentives is the only way to encourage change throughout society. We all need to appraise the way we live and understand our personal consumption is a cause of climate change. To reverse current trends, we must consider how any small changes we can make as individuals are an important part of the solution.
Many groups are starting to benefit from community energy:
A report from the Committee on Climate Change recommends increasing the network of hedgerows: