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The scale of the current energy challenge is unprecedented. If we’re serious about tackling climate change while meeting a growing global energy demand, we need to take action now

In 2007, the Government brought forward reforms in planning and setting legally binding carbon emissions targets for the UK: 26-32% by 2020, and 60% by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels). This momentum looks set to continue in 2008, as they’ve confirmed their support for construction of a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK.

The European Union have also published ambitious climate change and energy targets in 2007, committing to cut EU carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy levels – with a target of 20% on each count by 2020.

How can we meet escalating global demand for secure, affordable energy? What can we do to tackle climate change? We must all find cost effective, lasting solutions to these problems. In the UK, we can make a difference by replacing our ageing energy infrastructure with technologies capable of delivering affordable, secure, low-carbon energy in the long term.