The UK is facing the climate crisis alongside one of the greatest economic crises of this generation, a crisis driven in large part by volatile fossil fuel markets. This longstanding market volatility is being exacerbated by the geopolitical insecurity from the catastrophic conflict in Ukraine.
The wholesale price of gas is already putting huge pressure on the already stretched incomes of millions of people across the UK – through rising prices and spiralling bills – and this is only set to get worse. The Energy Bill offers a real opportunity to start to turn the tide on this crisis, building out cheap, clean energy, and taking simple, effective steps to make warm homes affordable.
Green Alliance joined with 31 other organisations ahead of the Queen’s Speech on 10 May 2022 to issue a statement calling for the government to take five actions in the Energy Bill:
- Insulate homes
- Unlock clean energy
- Build a flexible, digital grid
- End reliance on expensive fossil fuels
- Protect the most vulnerable
The signatories are:
Greenpeace, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, Friends of the Earth, Nesta, Ember, Oxfam Great Britain, WWF UK, Green Alliance, Groundwork, End Fuel Poverty Coalition, MCS Charitable Foundation, CPRE The countryside charity, Climate Cymru, Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Energy Local CIC, Community Energy South, Chartered Institute of Housing, OVESCO, Positive Money, Autonomy, Regen, Uplift, Power for People, Centre for Alternative Technology, The Centre for Local Economic Strategies, Women’s Budget Group, Equality Trust, Community Energy England, 38 Degrees, Possible, UK100