British Energy R & D Focus Review Includes Renewables

The British government is assembling a group of experts to undertake a national review of energy research and demonstration activities.

LONDON, England, UK, 2001-10-23 [SolarAccess.com] The group will be headed by the country’s chief scientific advisor, David King, to look at the full range of energy sources from renewables to nuclear, and areas such as transport and energy efficiency. Secretary of State for Trade & Industry, Patricia Hewitt, says the review will examine the overall level of public expenditure on energy R&D, how well it is targeted, where the gaps are and who should maintain an overview of future expenditure. An open meeting will be held late this month to provide an opportunity for the public to discuss the wide range of issues that the energy review will cover. “Energy supplies are a crucial part of all our futures,” says King. “We are facing an important challenge. As Sir Tom Blundell, the chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, has said: ‘”Recklessly causing large-scale disruptions to climate by burning fossil fuels will affect all countries.’” “We need clean efficient energy for our industries, our houses, our work places, for transport and for leisure,” he adds. “Science can provide the novel directions we need. More top scientists and technologists should be encouraged to develop and improve clean energy sources and find means of increasing the efficiency with which these sources are used.”

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