Islanders with a view on how we fuel our homes, transport and essential services in the future have until 31 January to have their say.
‘Pathway 2050: An Energy Plan for Jersey’, is the Department for the Environment’s plan to save energy and cut carbon emissions. It aims to ensure energy is secure, affordable and sustainable for all. The document sets out 30 actions for reducing the energy and resulting greenhouse gas emissions that we all use at home, at work, and for transport.
In Jersey one third of greenhouse gases come from the energy used to fuel cars and other transport, another third is used for domestic heating and power within the home, and the remaining amount is for running essential services, powering businesses and manufacturing activities. The aim is to reduce emissions by 80% in the years to 2050.
Since a green paper was published in 2008, more than 1,300 homes have been insulated through the Energy Efficiency Service. This service was set up with support from Jersey Electricity and provides 100% grants to Islanders on low incomes. For every pound spent by the service on energy efficiency measures, you can save £5.40 in lower energy bills. The energy plan proposes developing and extending this service.
Tidal and wind power may also be able to play a role and the Renewable Energy Commission has been exploring how harnessing these could help improve Jersey’s future energy security.
The Minister for Planning and Environment, Rob Duhamel says: “Ensuring sustainable energy for the future use presents a number of challenges that must be addressed. We are at a turning point where the decisions we make now will affect the health and wellbeing of islanders and future generations. This plan sets out one pathway to ensure a secure, sustainable, affordable energy future.”
The Department of the Environment is asking people to give their opinion on the energy plan consultation. Full and summary documents are available on the States website. The deadline for comments is 31 January 2013.