Greens Welcome Edinburgh Energy Report Backing Anti-Nuclear Campaign

A new report showing Edinburgh’s potential to become a world-leader in the fight against climate change has been welcomed by Green MSPs and would-be councillors. The Greens say it is proof that new nuclear power stations are not wanted and not needed. (1)

The report concludes that the city could meet all of its energy needs, slash carbon dioxide emissions and save money by developing a decentralised energy system, using micro-renewable energy generation and combined heat and power (CHP).

Robin Harper, Green Lothians MSP and Greens co-leader, has highlighted the findings in Parliament and will attend the launch today (Wed) (2). He said:

“This proves what Greens have been arguing all along – that nuclear power is not needed and not wanted, and that there are smarter ways of meeting our energy needs which will also stimulate our economy and create jobs.”

The Greens also argue that the report is strong fodder for their all-out campaign to elect Green councillors in Edinburgh next May.

Leading Green candidate Alison Johnstone is standing in the new ward of Meadows and Morningside. She added:

“With the new fairer voting system at local level, there will be at least four to eight Green councillors in Edinburgh next May. This report shows just how much they are needed, to ensure that the strategy is delivered when opposition rears up; and to ensure that we set even more ambitious targets in the future. Greens are needed to make sure that other councillors walk the talk.”

ENDS

Notes

1. Report launch: City Chambers, The City of Edinburgh Council, Wednesday 8 November, 8.30 for 9am, report prepared by energy consultants PB Power, commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council, Greenpeace and WWF Scotland.

Images will be available from the Greenpeace picture desk on 020 7865 8118, report launch release available from

Julie Stoneman (WWF Scotland) t: 01350 728200, m: 07919 424589

e: jstoneman@wwfscotland.org.uk

Niall Bennett (Greenpeace UK) t: 020 78658255 m: 07717 704577

e: niall.bennett@uk.greenpeace.org

2. Motion lodged in Parliament by Green MSP Robin Harper:

Welcomes the publication of a report on decentralised energy commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council, Greenpeace UK and WWF Scotland suggesting that Edinburgh could become a world leader in the fight against climate change; notes the findings of the report that if Edinburgh implements its recommendations to opt for a decentralised energy system, using micro-renewable energy generation and combined heat and power (CHP), it could meet all of its energy needs, slash carbon dioxide emissions and save money – without the use of new nuclear power; contrasts the decentralised model with the present system used in the UK, whereby the vast majority of electricity comes from large, centralised and grossly inefficient thermal power stations that waste around two thirds of their energy inputs; believes that as long as fossil fuels are used to generate electricity, we have a responsibility to ensure that this finite and polluting energy is used as efficiently as possible; acknowledges that decentralised energy is a tried and tested system that is already widely used across many parts of Europe, where combined heat and power networks are commonplace; and calls for other cities across Scotland and the rest of the UK to follow this example and to adopt a decentralised energy system fit for the 21st Century.

3. The new system of Single Transferable Vote at local level has resulted in Edinburgh City Council being split into 17 different wards, each with 3 or 4 members. The Greens are standing in all 17 wards. They have calculated that 12-18% of first preference votes will see Green councillors elected. In previous elections using fair voting in the city in the past, Greens have been well within this range and even exceeded it in some areas.