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Renewables 'vital', says Cameron

David Cameron has said renewable energy is vital to UK but that it has to be financially sustainable.

The Prime Minister said the UK was now one of the best places in the world for green energy, investment and job, adding that he “passionately” believed the rapid growth of renewable energy was vital for the future.

However, critics said there needs to be continued investment and support form the government for it to be sustained.

The prime minister broke a virtual silence on the green agenda since coming to power to say that he believed growth in renewables in the UK was not just good for the environment, but “good business” too, creating thousands of jobs.

He told ministers from 23 countries attending a clean energy meeting in London: “Of course, nuclear energy, cleaner coal, oil and gas - including shale gas - and carbon capture and storage are all going to have a role to play.”

But he said: “I passionately believe the rapid growth of renewable energy is vital to our future.”

He said the challenge was now to make clean energy financially sustainable and to bring costs down, warning that with families struggling to pay bills in the face of high gas prices, “we don’t just need greener energy, we need cheaper energy”.