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Britain urged to focus on alternative energy sources

BRITAIN SHOULD concentrate on developing new hydroelectric, tidal barrage and on and off shore wind electricity generating capacity, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution said this week.

Boosting use of these energy sources is the best way of enabling Britain to meet future electricity demand while cutting greenhouse gas emissions from coal, oil and gas.

The Government wants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal, oil and gas to 20% below 1990 levels in the next decade and is obliged to meet 12.5% reductions under the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol.

Wind, hydro and tidal power offer scope for expansion in the immediate future without additional research and development, the report states.

They also promise good returns on investment, while the amount of energy consumed in construction is far outweighed by savings in greenhouse gas emission.

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