Fourth Carbon Budget

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 4:41 pm on 17th May 2011.

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Photo of Chris Williamson Chris Williamson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 4:41 pm, 17th May 2011

This issue should transcend party politics, but I regret to say that some of the Secretary of State’s actions do not live up to his rhetoric. This morning, I met representatives from East Midlands airport whose ambition is to make its ground operations carbon-neutral. The plan was to provide 36% of the airport’s energy requirements through a major photovoltaic scheme that has now been made unviable as a result of the wholesale butchery of feed-in tariffs. Will the Secretary of State tell the House whether he has abandoned photovoltaic cells as a way of generating energy and what advice can he give to East Midlands airport about its ambition to deliver a carbon-neutral target?


John Byng
Posted on 18 May 2011 12:55 pm (Report this annotation)

I hope East Midlands Airport and other airports will carefully consider going ahead with photovoltaic energy generation even though it will not be subsidised.
Aviation already receives tax concesssions worth around £9 billion a year in the UK so they should be able to afford a few photovoltaic panels that would reduce their electricity purchase bills.