Decarbonisation target narrowly defeated in Commons energy bill vote
A bid to include a target to decarbonise the UK’s electricity generation by 2030 has been narrowly defeated in the House of Commons, reports The Guardian.
The amendment to the energy bill, proposed by the former Tory minister Tim Yeo, was voted down by 290 votes to 267, though several Tories and Lib Dems backed the measure against the coalition’s line.
It was one of the narrowest victories for the government in a whipped vote during this parliament.
Under the amendment, electricity generators would have had to use more renewables, carbon capture and storage and nuclear power to reduce to nearly zero their carbon production by 2030. The measure had the backing of dozens of businesses, green campaigners and industry associations.