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Energy: Long-term Supply

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson in the Lords (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Cap Reform), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to commission a forecast of the long-term energy supply and use for the United Kingdom from the UK Energy Research Centre, to assist the general public's understanding of climate change and energy consumption issues.

Photo of Lord Jones of Birmingham Lord Jones of Birmingham Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (also in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Business and Regulatory Reform)

As part of the analysis for the 2007 energy White Paper the department commissioned a study from the UK Energy Research Centre using the MARKAL energy model on the cost of and options for meeting the Government's target in 2050 of a 60 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared with 1990. The full report is available at www.ukerc.ac.uk/Downloads/PDF/S/Scenariosreport.pdf.

A summary of the report is available at www.berr.gov.uk/files/file38979.pdf.

The department may commission further research using the model to inform future policymaking.

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