The Government should lead the way with renewables

This year, the UK marked the longest coal-free period since the industrial revolution, making it 18 days without using electricity from coal fired power stations. It makes sense for the Government to help this good work by supplying hospitals, schools, council buildings and police stations with renewable energy – I raised this with Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (below) and will continue to work with both the Government and locally to press this issue further.

Derek Thomas

Most of us have hospitals, schools, council buildings and police stations in our constituencies. What more can the Government do to encourage the use of renewable energy in those buildings?

Greg Clark

My hon. Friend makes an excellent point on behalf of one of the sunnier parts of the country. The public sector energy efficiency loans scheme is open to public bodies so that they are able to invest in just that technology. I will ensure that he has the full details of that scheme, which might also interest the hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen), given his question.