Christian Aid today welcomed UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd’s announcement that the UK will stop using coal and a new OECD agreement to tighten restrictions on exports of coal technology.
Alison Doig, Christian Aid’s Principal Climate Change Advisor, said: ‘Coal is the largest single source of carbon emissions worldwide and accounts for a quarter of UK carbon emissions, so it was high time the UK took the decision to stop burning it.’
‘The OECD’s agreement to put tighter restrictions on coal technology is another nail in the coffin for climate-polluting coal.’
However Christian Aid also cautioned that the UK’s reputation as a climate leader required continued, rapid reduction of the country’s emissions.
‘Replacing coal with gas will only buy a little time. A dash for gas is simply incompatible with tackling climate change and leading by example’, commented Ms Doig.