Coun­cil in 2050 green en­ergy bid

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STOCK­PORT coun­cil has pledged to use 100 per cent green en­ergy by 2050. A mo­tion was passed at a full coun­cil meet­ing com­mit­ting to source all power from meth­ods such as wind, wave and so­lar.

It is part of a na­tion­wide cam­paign and the coun­cil has al­ready spent £9m on so­lar pan­els.

Coun­cil leader Alex Gan­otis said: “The wel­come pas­sage of this mo­tion means Stock­port coun­cil has adopted tar­gets on clean en­ergy which are amongst the most am­bi­tious in the UK.

“Am­bi­tious tar­gets not only drive progress in terms of our own en­ergy mix, but if enough busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions get on board, this also helps drive in­vest­ment into green tech­nol­ogy and jobs in that sec­tor.

“This can make clean en­ergy more eco­nom­i­cal and re­li­able at the same time as ac­tively re­duc­ing emis­sions.”

Polly Billing­ton, from the UK 100 clean en­ergy cam­paign, added: “The trans­for­ma­tion of our econ­omy to 100 per cent clean en­ergy will cre­ate jobs, drive eco­nomic growth, im­prove our health and well­be­ing and keep our en­ergy costs down too.

“Shift­ing away from dirty fos­sil fu­els is good for all of us. So it’s great news that Stock­port coun­cil is sign­ing up to this am­bi­tious goal.”

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