More fossil fuel & biomass meetings than renewables: Ministers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) were reprimanded for meeting fossil fuel as well as bio mass bosses almost 9 times more than their renewable energy equivalent.
That’s as reported by the investigative environmental journalism platform DeSmog who looked through the publicly accessible data for BEIS ministerial meeting starting 22nd July 2019 through 31st March 2021 and says that of a sum of 130 meetings alongside energy manufacturers, about half, an evaluated 63 meetings occurred with fossil fuel & biomass bosses.
The writers of the study also say throughout that time, ministers met with renewable energy operators 7 times.
A government authority stated: “These claims are ludicrous. We make no apology for meeting major energy suppliers & employers during a global pandemic, but these figures are a highly selective & small snapshot of private meetings which misrepresent our wider engagement & priorities.
“In this year alone, we’ve secured record investment in wind power totalling £450m which has created & secured 2,400 jobs.
“In addition, we have published a world leading Hydrogen Strategy, launched a new UK Emissions Trading Scheme, committed to end coal power by 2024 & pledged £1b in funding to support the development of carbon capture.”
More fossil fuel & biomass meetings than renewables