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Urgent Investment Needed Following IPCC Report

Monday, October 8, 2018

GMB CALLS FOR URGENT INVESTMENT IN LIGHT OF IPCC REPORT

If the Chancellor needs to rewrite his Budget to reflect our shared climate challenges and opportunities, then so be it says GMB Union

GMB, the energy union, has called for urgent investment from the UK Government following today’s IPCC report.

The report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people. [1]

Governments around the world must take "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" to avoid disastrous levels of global warming, the report adds.

For the 12 months up to 7 March 2018, every one in 5.6 days was a low wind day (65 days in total) when the output of the installed and connected wind turbines in the UK produced less than 10% of their installed and connected capacity for more than half of the day. 

For 341 days in the year, solar output was below 10% of installed capacity for more than half of the day. [2]

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“The IPCC report published today is a wake-up call to all governments about the need to dramatically invest in our energy systems particularly on a large scale in the next 15 years if we are to meet our climate change commitments - as set out in the Paris Treaty. 

“There are a range of solutions to help tackle climate change but they all require leadership and urgent public investment.

“At present too much is outsourced to free marketeering and is often in the ownership of foreign investors with little consideration of how the UK’s workers can and must benefit from this new industrial revolution.

“GMB is calling on the UK government to step up investment in hydrogen to decarbonise the UK gas network as a top priority.

“Hydrogen is a solution that will benefit the 26 million UK homes using gas for heating and cooking, those working in the gas industry and crucially it can reduce emissions from central heating by 73%.

“Meanwhile Britain still needs at least five new low carbon nuclear power stations if we are to meet our energy needs and reduce our dependency on foreign imports of power whilst ensuring we have the reliable electricity that comes from very low carbon nuclear, and lower carbon gas, to complement our growing renewable energy sources.

“If the Chancellor needs to rewrite his Budget to reflect our shared climate challenges and opportunities, then so be it.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/07/world/climate-change-new-ipcc-report-wxc/index.html

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[2] http://www.gmb.org.uk/www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/low-wind-days?

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