UK energy supply 'on target'

The UK's efforts to secure international and domestic energy supplies are progressing as planned, according to the government.

A report entitled 'Energy Security: a national challenge in a changing world', commissioned by the prime minister, outlines how the country should approach energy security within its environmental goals.

Produced by Malcolm Wicks, the government's international energy representative, the analysis considers how a combination of energy generation at home and supplies from abroad can meet the UK's power needs in a sustainable way.

It also said that by 2030, the world will still largely be reliant on fossil fuels for around two-thirds of its energy.

"We'll continue to use fossil fuels in the near-term as part of our transition to the low carbon economy and maximise our own North Sea reserves, as well as do all we can to secure the most diverse range of energy imports," energy secretary Ed Miliband said, welcoming the report.

It follows July's announcement of the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, which sets out how the country will meet the 34 per cent reduction from in emissions from 1990 levels by 2020.

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