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Action for Renewables set up in the UK

Action for Renewables (A4R) has been set up as an alliance of NGOs, trade unions, grassroots activists and industry bodes to campaign for the expansion of renewable energy in the UK.

By Kari Williamson

Former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, Tony Juniper, has been appointed Chairman.

Juniper says: “The case for renewable energy is clear. The UK needs to play its part in tackling climate change, which we can achieve by harnessing our extensive natural energy resources.”

He adds: “For too long the media and the internet have been dominated by myths and hearsay about renewables. This campaign is about setting the record straight and encouraging people to stand up and support properly-sited renewable energy developments around the country.

“The silent majority in support of renewables needs to make its voice heard – now more than ever. Action for Renewables intends to give it the tools to achieve just that.”

Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK’s CEO, welcomes the campaign: “This comes at a crucial time for renewables. There are still some difficult challenges in the Government’s localism agenda and reforms to the electricity market, so we are working closely with all the relevant government departments to establish the right political and economic framework for delivering both our national renewable energy targets and the employment and investment benefits for UK plc.

“We know from repeated surveys that the majority of the public support renewable energy. Historically, this support has been drowned out by a vociferous minority. Action for Renewables is more than a campaign – it’s a partnership between industry, NGOs, politicians and the public to deliver clean, green and secure energy supplies. I am delighted that Tony has joined us in this endeavour – his commitment will help us make a real difference.”

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