Energy Bill — New Clause 8 — Setting a Decarbonisation Target Range — 14 Mar 2016 at 19:30
The majority of MPs voted against setting a decarbonisation target for the UK within six months of June 2016 and to review it annually thereafter.
The timescale for the adoption of the target was given as within six months of the adoption of the fifth carbon budget. Under Section 4 of the Climate Change Act 2008 Carbon budgets must be set at least 12 years before the period in question starts. The fifth budget is for the period from 2028 and must be set by June 2016.
In the Energy Act 2013 decarbonisation means reducing the carbon intensity of electricity generation in the UK.
MPs were considering the Energy Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled:Decarbonisation target range and stated:
- “(1) Section 1 of the Energy Act 2013 is amended as follows.
- (2) Leave out subsection (2) and insert—
- “(2) The Secretary of State must by order (“a decarbonisation order”) set a decarbonisation target range, which shall be reviewed annually thereafter.”
- (3) Leave out subsection (5) and insert—
- “(5) The decarbonisation order shall be made within six months of the adoption of the fifth carbon budget set by virtue of the duty of the Secretary of State under section 4 (2) (b) of the climate Change Act 2008.”"
- (1)It is the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure, in respect of each year in relation to which a decarbonisation target range is set, that the carbon intensity of electricity generation in the United Kingdom is no greater than the maximum permitted level of the decarbonisation target range.
- (2)The Secretary of State may by order (“a decarbonisation order”) set or amend a decarbonisation target range in relation to a year.
Subsection (5), which was left unchanged as a result of this vote, begins:
- (5)The earliest year in relation to which a decarbonisation target range may be set is 2030;
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||272 (+2 tell)||0||0||83.0%|
|Lab||0||174 (+2 tell)||0||76.2%|