Chris Huhne has warned that the UK must act now to prevent climate change, or risk falling behind China and the United States in the quest for low carbon energy.
The Energy Secretary told the Royal Geographic Society:
“In 2009, China poured $34 billion into their low-carbon economy. China now leads the world in solar photovoltaic production. Six of the biggest renewable energy companies in the world are based in China.
“And in the US, the Northeastern States are leading the way on renewables, on emissions and on energy efficiency. They’re investing in renewable heat, trading carbon, and legislating for clean energy.
“Conventional wisdom has it that China and the US are not signed up to the climate change agenda. But if you look at what they do, not what they say, a rather different picture emerges.”
Mr Huhne added that action on climate change is of the utmost importance:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best thing we can do to help adapt to climate change is to stop it happening in the first place. By moving to a low-carbon economy, we can build a shelter against energy price and security storms. And we can tackle the defining threat of our age: climate change.”