Climate and Energy Policy 2020 to 2030 and High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) in the EU

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 9th April 2014.

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That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 5644/14 and Addenda 1 and 2, a Commission Communication: A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030, No. 5706/14 and Addenda 1 to 5, a Commission Communication on the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, such as shale gas, using high volume hydraulic fracturing in the EU, and No. 5700/14, a Commission Recommendation on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, such as shale gas, using high volume hydraulic fracturing; supports the Government’s objective of securing an ambitious EU emissions reduction target for 2030 in order to support the EU in meeting its long-term climate and energy objectives; and further supports the Government’s objective of maintaining maximum flexibility for Member States to choose their own energy mix, including by exploring the potential for domestic resources, in order to secure their emissions reductions in the most cost-effective manner, given their particular circumstances.—(Stephen Crabb.)

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