Energy minister Ed Davey praises Portsmouth for work on tackling climate change

Energy secretary Ed Davey and Cllr. Gerald Vernon-Jackson in Old Portsmouth. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150588-2636)
Energy secretary Ed Davey and Cllr. Gerald Vernon-Jackson in Old Portsmouth. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150588-2636)

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PORTSMOUTH is leading the way in the bid to tackle the impact of climate change.

That was the message from the secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey during a visit to the city yesterday.

Mr Davey was shown completed repair works on flood defences at Long Curtain Moat, in Old Portsmouth, which was damaged by storms in 2013.

Speaking to The News, Mr Davey said: ‘We are at such a poignant area where there has been more extreme weather and tougher waves punching through the sea walls. It shows how important this is.’

Liberal Democrat Mr Davey pledged to work with Portsmouth City Council to look at flood defence problems if his party are in power after the general election.

‘We know we have to invest in flood defences to protect our coastline, our cities, our businesses and our homes,’ he said.

‘You have to think of our society and our economy if we don’t take this seriously.’

Mr Davey’s visit comes as the Environment Agency announced that the Southsea Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management scheme is now scheduled to start development more than two years early.

The programme will improve the standard of protection to more than 2,400 properties in Portsmouth.

As a part of Mr Davey’s visit he opened new offices of sustainable improvements firm AAA Green at St George’s Business Centre.

The expansion of the company has been supported by the government’s Energy Company Obligation (Eco) scheme.

The Eco programme has been developed to install energy-efficient measures including insulation and heating improvements into homes and workplaces.

‘It was important to look at the amazing work that is being done to make people’s homes warmer so they are cheaper to run and also saving the environment,’ said Mr Davey.

Portsmouth has more Eco measures installed than other cities in the south east.