The Director of one of Wales’ leading environmental organisations, Sustainable Wales, is backing the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
Margaret Minhinnick, Director of Sustainable Wales says that the project will have a key role to play in generating the promised 15% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.
She said, “Based in Porthcawl, Sustainable Wales has been aware of the potential of tidal energy from the Bristol Channel for many years. We believe this project is a realistic one, both in terms of cost and the amount of energy it will produce. We also saw at first hand the recent extraordinary storms in the Bristol Channel. The forecast from the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) is that the regularity and violence of such storms will increase with climate change. Renewable energy HAS to be part of the answer to this.”
“As a nation, we have to reduce our carbon emissions by 750 million tonnes between now and 2030. We also have to reduce the use of fossil fuels by 20-30% against their projected use in 2030 and we aspire to a lead scenario of 30% of electricity being generated from renewable energy. That’s a huge challenge for us all at a time when climate change is threatening the basic elements of our lives,” she says.
“Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will produce 9% of Wales’ domestic energy needs and will provide carbon savings in excess of 236,000 tonnes per year, contributing to the commitments made by the UK to reduce emissions at the international level. What’s more, as the first of a potential network of lagoons that could provide up to 10GW of reliable, renewable generating capacity, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is an essential first step in the UKs fulfilment of renewable energy production targets and emissions reduction at the EU level.”
“As a sustainable development body, we advocate good practice by citizens, producers and politicians. Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will help us to reduce our carbon footprint and give Wales the opportunity to be at the forefront of an alternative energy future that is clean and green.”