Supplementary evidence from Green Alliance,
submitted by Russell Marsh, Head of Policy
I am writing regarding the transcript of the
oral evidence given by me to the Committee on Wednesday 7 December
2005. Whilst I have no changes to make to the transcript I do
think it is necessary to clarify our position on the issues raised
in Q229-231. It is clear from the transcript that I didn't understand
the meaning of the questions that were asked.
I now understand that the Committee were asking
whether we see any difference between technologies that deliver
"de-carbonised electricity" such as Carbon Capture and
Storage and technologies that deliver renewable electricity, and
whether there should be an over-arching policy mechanism for all
low/zero carbon technologies.
For Green Alliance the priority should be to
develop technologies that do not produce carbon emissions in the
first placerenewables and energy efficiency. There are
currently distinct mechanisms for supporting these technologies
eg the Renewables Obligation and Energy Efficiency Commitmentand
these should not be diluted or undermined by the inclusion of
other non-renewable technologies.
Our view as outlined in both our written and
oral evidence is that Carbon, Capture and Storage should be supported
through the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and not through the introduction
of a separate mechanism.
I have spoken to both Germana Canzi at Friends
of the Earth and Doug Parr at Greenpeace and they are both happy
for the above position to be considered as their view.