The House of Lords has voted against amending the Energy Bill to oblige government to set a 2030 decarbonisation target in 2014.
An amendment tabled by Labour life peer Lord Oxburgh was defeated by a margin of 14 votes following a lengthy debate that ran into yesterday evening.
DECC’s Baroness Verma reiterated the government’s preference to wait until 2016 when “we will have a better understanding of how low-carbon forms of electricity have developed”.
Lord Oxburgh said waiting for the next carbon budget is “a little bit of a procrastination and I do not think that it is a serious, substantial objection”.
Reacting to the vote, Aldersgate Group chairman Peter Young said the defeat was “major missed opportunity”.
He highlighted “the conflict between the government’s green pretensions and its increasing determination to procrastinate whilst relying on high carbon, polluting technologies”.