Jonathan Bullock MEP, UKIP’s energy spokesman has called for a balanced approach to energy needs.

In hard-hitting speech in Brussels today, (Wednesday), the East Midlands MEP said countries needed a balanced energy approach using methods which are competitive and work with industry not against it.

He said: “Yet again the EU Commission wants further help from member states in meeting energy and climate targets. But what damage is being done trying to meet these artificial targets ?

“The continued imposition by the Commission of never-ending objectives for emissions reductions is forcing the investment of vast amounts of money for activity which will have little or no effect on the climate. Global CO2 emissions will probably keep rising unaffected by these measures.

“These policies are leading to a massive exit of industry and investment from EU countries to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards and could, ultimately, increase emissions of CO2.

“So we are not so much cutting emissions in the EU but exporting them. Indeed, if you include emissions related to goods imported into the EU, emissions in the EU have gone up!”

Mr Bullock said heavy industry including the cement, steel, aluminium and chemical sectors are moving factories and jobs out of the EU leading to a ‘leakage’ of CO2 emissions without environmental benefits, adding that in Britain over dependence on expensive and intermittent renewables hade forced up energy prices.

He said that Professor Dieter Helm from Oxford University carried out a study for the British government and said green taxes will cost the average household almost £150 pounds from next year.”

He said: “We need to stop this right now.”