Renewable industries issue ‘green manifesto’ ahead of UK general election

emissionsSeven renewable energy trade associations across the UK have combined to publish a joint ‘manifesto’ for the general election next month.

The associations which have combined under the umbrella body Action for Renewables comprise the  Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association; British Hydropower Association; British Photovoltaic Association, the Renewable Energy Association, Renewable UK, Scottish Renewables and the Solar Trade Association.

The top six actions which these associations want the next UK government to take are: –

  • Support the Climate Change Act to keep us on course to meet carbon commitments and back global efforts to tackle climate change
  • Set a new renewables target for 2030 of 30% of UK energy
  • Back the Independent Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation to set a binding target for low carbon electricity by 2030
  • Fund the Renewable Heat Incentive for new applications after 2016
  • Boost the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to reach the 10% renewable energy target for transport by 2020
  • Reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to ensure the market takes account of all sectors’ polluting cost of carbon emissions

In addition, the newly-formed Scottish branch of the Solar Trade Association is now drafting a Scottish solar energy policy for action by the Scottish Government.

Tony Juniper, Chairman, Action for Renewables, explained: “The next five years are crucial for the renewable industry, and with the 2020 renewable targets just around the corner, it is arguably more important than ever to take steps to enable our industry to be a key engine for reducing the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels, and creating vital local jobs and growth across the country.

“Our six-point manifesto sets out how the next government can unlock the enormous potential of green energy, and accelerate the roll-out of renewable heating technologies and transport fuels. Moreover, we are also clear that regulatory certainty beyond 2020 is vital if the industry is to thrive, innovate and expand.”

* The Scottish Prison Service has issued tenders for three photovoltaic installations – at Perth, Low Moss and Polmont jails. The project will include the installation of roof mounted solar PV systems with 50kilowattpeak arrays planned for Low Moss and for Polmont Young Offenders’ Institution.  Perth Prison is to get a 40kilowattpeak array. The value of these public contracts has not been provided by the prisons department.


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