The next government will be responsible for the UK succeeding – or failing – in meeting its 2020 renewable energy targets. It could also be the government that turns the budding renewable energy industry into the main economic engine for creating jobs and growth in the energy sector and reducing the UK’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.
Today, the REA sets out a blueprint for the next government, clearly outlining the key ‘manifesto asks’ for all the REA’s key technologies across renewable heating, power and transport fuels. A common theme across all sectors is the need for clear, stable policy.
Matched with ambitious government plans, this will create jobs, investment and growth, and help the UK catch up in the global clean energy race (in which it currently lags behind, sitting 26th out of 28 in the EU renewables league table.
Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association, said: “From clean power infrastructure to zero-carbon homes, and from heat networks to sustainable transport, this is the most comprehensive guide a government could wish for if they’re seeking to maximise the value of this young, vibrant and innovative industry.
“Looking out to 2020, this manifesto sets out how the Government can keep up the progress on renewable electricity, and accelerate the roll-out of renewable heating technologies and transport fuels. Certainty beyond 2020 is also vital to enable industry to invest in innovation, expansion, skills and supply chains.”