EDM of the week: 250 MPs back solar power campaign

June 13, 2009 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

An Early Day Motion expressing support for solar photovoltaics as part of the UK’s renewable energy strategy has received wide cross-party support.

The EDM, tabled by Colin Challen, has been signed by 255 MPs so far.

“That this House welcomes the launch of the We Support Solar campaign,” it reads.

“Notes that globally solar photovoltaic (PV) will be a key climate change mitigation technology and that solar PV in the UK can play an important role in contributing to the UK 2020 renewable energy target; expresses its concern at the negative treatment of solar photovoltaics in the Government’s 2008 renewable energy strategy consultation; and urges Ministers to ensure that the potential of the technology to deliver significant carbon dioxide reductions in the built environment, to make a significant contribution to the 2020 target and to deliver many tens of thousands of new green UK jobs is supported in the final renewable energy strategy document.”

Among the other top EDMs this week is one calling for all chicken meat to be labelled as to farming method and preferably stocking density (252 signatures) and another calling on the UK to end military assistance to Colombia given the “serious human rights situation” there (240 signatures).

Early Day Motions can be put forward by any MP. Almost none of them are actually debated.

MPs use them to draw attention to specific events or campaigns or to express a view on a wide range of issues.

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