Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has backed today the RenewableUK "Renewables Manifesto" as a way to combat climate change while boosting the Northern Isles economy. The manifesto includes calls for continued expansion of existing renewable energy production, investment in renewable innovation, and support for Ofgem to take decarbonisation into account in its operations.
Mr. Carmichael said:
"Backing the Renewables Manifesto is the right thing to do for our communities. Developing renewables isn't just essential in fighting climate change. It is a vital and growing part of the sustainable economy in the Northern Isles."
"The Liberal Democrats have a world-leading commitment to a net-zero carbon emissions economy by 2045. We have driven discussions on climate change in this country. As the first major political party to call for a net-zero carbon Britain, Liberal Democrats have voiced the crucial need to tackle our climate emergency."
"Local people stand to benefit directly from the Lib Dem plan to generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030. In the Northern Isles there are many companies and organisations already leading the way. We must do more to support their growth, in close partnership with the communities involved. If we work together there is massive untapped potential."