Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
As we emerge from the pandemic and work towards our world-leading net zero targets – we are determined to end our reliance on carbon intensive fossil fuels like coal that harm our planet for good.
That is why the government will phase out coal for electricity generation by October 2024, building on the progress we have already made with coal accounting for only 1.8 per cent of our electricity mix – compared to 40 per cent almost a decade ago.
By ending our reliance on coal power, we can drive a green industrial revolution that will help us create green jobs and deliver a net zero future powered by renewables.