UK 'should boost green energy'

The UK should reduce its dependency on oil and work to improve its renewable energy credentials, it has been claimed.

Business secretary John Hutton, speaking at the British Antarctic Survey, suggested that the UK should follow the example of California in investing in renewable energy, the Green Building Press reports.

In response to his comments, environmental campaigning group Friends of the Earth (FoE) pointed out that the UK government should live up to its claims.

"We need less hot air and more action," said FoE head of campaigns Mike Childs.

"We must end our addiction to oil. A huge programme of action is needed to stop energy wasteand dramatically boost our use of green power," he added.

The government has set a target of supplying ten per cent of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2010, while it aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2050.

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