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Energy Secretary: Climate report a 'stark warning'

Today's UN report on climate change is a "stark warning" about the need to reduce carbon emissions, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told Sky News' Murnaghan programme.

The Liberal Democrat MP also said the decreasing cost of renewable energy meant decarbonising need not be overly expensive.

I agree we should be doing absolutely everything. This is a stark warning that the world is looking down the precipice if we don’t take action now. But it also says - and some good news - is that the cost of renewables, things like solar and wind, are coming down, so we can go green in an affordable way.

Read: UN report urges move away from fossil fuels

MSP: Independence would 'cut energy bills by £70'

An independent Scotland would be able to deliver a £70 cut in energy bills, and maintain the UK's energy supply.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing explained:

Scotland's huge natural resources mean that we can supply electricity - reliably and affordably - and can help the UK keep the lights on and the bills down.

Scotland exports electricity to England and Wales every year - in 2012 a quarter of the electricity generated here helped keep lights on across the rest of the UK.

With the powers of independence we will deliver a permanent, ongoing annual cut in energy bills of £70 - by removing the Energy Company Obligation and the Warm Homes Discount from consumer bills.

– Fergus Ewing

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Independence forces investors to 'hold on to their cash'

The referendum on Scottish independence risks scaring away investors who will want to "hold on to their cash" until the UK is more settled, the Energy Secretary will warn.

The energy sector in Scotland is booming and growing, with more and more jobs and attracting more investment.

I fear the economic and energy progress will be seriously affected by the uncertainty and disruption of independence, as investors will hold on to their cash rather than risk it.

– Energy Secretary Ed Davey

'Disruption' of independence damaging energy sector

The "uncertainty and disruption" caused by the looming referendum on Scottish independence will have a detrimental effect on progress in the economy and energy sector, a cabinet minister will warn.

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Ed Davey will warn against the economic uncertainty caused by an independent Scotland. Credit: PA

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is expected to issue the warning later today as he launches the Government's latest Scotland Analysis paper in Edinburgh, focusing on gas and electricity.

The paper looks in detail at how the United Kingdom can maximise energy investment to support thousands of jobs and keep bills as low as possible.

The UK Government said its analysis shows that people in an independent Scotland would have to pay £3,800 per person to match the £20 billion the UK Government has committed towards decommissioning in the North Sea.

Read: Scottish independence 'bad for business' warns Weir Group boss

Read: PM promises North Sea cash if Scotland stays with UK

Ed Davey whips out inhaler during energy questions

Ed Davey showed MPs he was among those suffering the effects of "very high" air pollution levels during Energy Secretary's Questions today.

The Energy Secretary whipped out his blue inhaler following a question on pollution, saying, "I'm sorry he is suffering, I can show him that I am suffering too".

He went on to say, "Air pollution is a very serious issue ... we take it very seriously."

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Davey: 'We have to move fast' on climate change

The world "needs to act fast" if it is to prevent a future dominated by climate catastrophe, the Energy Secretary has warned.

Speaking to Daybreak, Ed Davey defended the Government's record on tackling climate change but said he thought "the world had acted too slowly" on measures designed to combat greenhouse gases.

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Davey declares Britain must lead climate change fight

On the eve of a ground-breaking UN report into the impacts of climate change, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has declared Britain must spearhead the worldwide battle against global warming.

Climate change is "hugely threatening our way of life, in the UK, Europe and the world," Mr Davey told The Observer.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey made the declaration ahead of the UN climate change report's release. Credit: ITV News

"Not to lead is deeply irresponsible. If you don't lead, you will not bring others with you," the Lib Dem MP said.

His comments come as the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prepares to release a report that is expected to warn of catastrophic consequences to food supplies, livelihoods, health and security across the world if climate change remains unchecked.

Ed Davey will give Ofgem 'whatever support they need'

Energy Secretary Ed Davey will give Ofgem "whatever support they need" after the watchdog announced a major competition inquiry into the 'Big Six' energy firms.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change's Twitter account tweeted:

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.@edwarddaveymp: We will give Ofgem & CMA whatever support they need to get this done as quickly as possible #energymarkets

Read: 'Big Six' energy firms to face major competition inquiry

Siemens jobs 'reduce our reliance on foreign imports'

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said the deal would help to keep bills down. Credit: PA

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: "This deal is excellent news for the people of Hull and the Humber, the UK, the wind industry, and our energy security.

"We are attracting investment by backing enterprise with better infrastructure and lower taxes.

"As well as helping to keep the lights on and putting more than 1,000 people in work, this deal means we will help to keep consumer bills down as we invest in home-grown green energy and reduce our reliance on foreign imports."

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