Michael Gove

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Surrey Heath Conservative

Climate Change

There have been votes in Parliament on targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and on increasing the proportion of electricity generated via renewable means as well as on the establishment of a UK Green Investment Bank, to invest in projects which, for example, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Michael Gove generally voted against measures to prevent climate change

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about measures to prevent climate change:

  • On 8 May 2007: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Climate Change — new sense of urgency — rejected Show vote
  • On 30 Apr 2008: Michael Gove voted to require the Government to establish a renewable energy feed-in tariff Show vote
  • On 2 Jun 2008: Michael Gove voted to require the National Policy Statement to contain policies which contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change. Show vote
  • On 9 Jun 2008: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — Electricity generating station performance standards — rejected Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — International aviation and shipping emission projections — rejected Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — Report on the civil estate Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — Third Reading (and other amendments) Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2009: Michael Gove voted to call on the Government to sign up to the 10:10 campaign Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2011: Michael Gove voted against requiring landlords of private rented homes to make their properties meet regulations on energy efficiency by January 2016 rather than April 2018 as initially proposed. Show vote
  • On 11 Jun 2012: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 17 Oct 2012: Michael Gove voted against requiring the UK Green Investment Bank to explicitly act in support of the target of reducing UK carbon emissions to 20% of 1990 levels by 2050. Show vote
  • On 17 Oct 2012: Michael Gove voted in favour of establishing a Green Investment Bank, strengthening copyright law relating to commercialised works, encouraging employment disputes to be settled outside of tribunals, and other business related reforms. Show vote
  • On 19 Dec 2012: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Energy Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 3 Jun 2013: Michael Gove voted not to exempt electricity generation plants using carbon capture and storage technology from annual carbon dioxide emissions limits during a commissioning and proving period of up to three years. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Michael Gove voted against requiring the setting of a target range for the amount of carbon dioxide (or other greenhouse gases) produced per unit of electricity generated. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Michael Gove voted against allowing financial incentives for small-scale low-carbon generation of electricity to be paid to plants which were previously too big to be eligible. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Energy Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2013: Michael Gove voted against allowing carbon dioxide emissions limits to be set in respect of existing stations which fit pollution abatement equipment. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Michael Gove voted in favour of the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Michael Gove voted to apply the tax on non-domestic electricity supplies known as the climate change levy to electricity generated from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 8 Sep 2015: Michael Gove voted to apply the Climate Change Levy tax to electricity generated from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2015: Michael Gove voted against charging the first year rate of vehicle tax, which varies substantially based on carbon dioxide emissions, for the subsequent two years as well; against a variable rate of vehicle tax based on carbon dixoide emissions for vehicles registered on or after 1 April 2017 and to charge additional tax on vehicles costing over £40,000. Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2016: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Energy Bill — New Clause 3 — Carbon Capture and Storage Strategy for the Energy Industry Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2016: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Energy Bill — New Clause 8 — Setting a Decarbonisation Target Range Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Michael Gove voted not to reduce the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Michael Gove voted against reducing the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes and instead requiring a review of minimum energy performance requirements. Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2016: Michael Gove voted to allow the Treasury to increase VAT on the installation of energy saving materials. Show vote

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