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UN official slams UK on renewable energy on BBC

UN official slams UK on renewable energy on BBC

The UN’s chief environment scientist has heavily criticised the lack of support for renewable energy within the UK.

Prof Jacquie McGlade has stated that the UK is moving in the opposite direction to the rest of the world by moving away from clean energy.

While talking to the BBC she said: "What I'm seeing worldwide is a move very much towards investment in renewable energy. To counterbalance that you see the withdrawal of subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels.

"What's disappointing is when we see countries such as the United Kingdom that have really been in the lead in terms of getting their renewable energy up and going - we see subsidies being withdrawn and the fossil fuel industry being enhanced."

Although it is unusual for a senior UN official to criticise policies, since the announcement of the cuts, three solar firms have collapsed with over a 1,000 jobs being lost in the renewable energy industry.

A spokesperson in the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “We are absolutely committed to getting a global deal in Paris, which will create a level playing field for businesses, driving innovation and growing the low carbon economy.”

The spokesperson believed subsidies had reduced the cost of renewable energy by stating: "Ensuring subsidies are used where they are needed most, so they can compete with other technologies provides the best value for money for hardworking bill payers." 

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