Launching the Strategy for Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies, REA’s CEO, Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, said that the change required over the next 30 years is “on par to that experienced during the industrial revolution”.
Key targets within the strategy include:
- By the end of 2022, more than 50% of electricity generation will be provided by renewables – this figure will reach 100% by 2032;
- The majority of energy demand for the heat and transport sectors could be met from renewable and clean technologies by 2035;
- All bio-waste could be either separated and recycled at the source or collected separately by the end of 2023.
However, the REA said that for these targets to be met, several barriers must be removed. For the green industry to thrive, it needs a clear route to market, a fit for purpose grid network, and a ‘wide mix’ of technologies.
The strategy also stressed the economic benefits on offer from renewable energy and clean technology, with 200,000 new jobs in the sector being created by 2035, should the UK Government provide the right support.
“The UK’s energy system is in the midst of the largest transformation for generations, moving towards the legally-binding 2050 net-zero target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions,” said Skorupska.
“The change required over the next three decade is on par to that experienced during the industrial revolution, affecting peoples’ homes, businesses, and the very fabric of the nation.
“With COP26 on the horizon, the government has an opportunity to make a bold statement – this strategy not only sets out several necessary and achievable targets, but it also provides the solutions to removing the barriers which could prevent those targets being met.
“It is now abundantly clear that the argument of an ‘either/or’ choice between tackling climate change and providing an economic boost is over. Support for the renewable energy and clean technology sector will not only help the government reach its net-zero ambitions, but it could deliver hundreds of thousands of new jobs and return billions of pounds worth of investment too.
“Our strategy offers government the pathway to net-zero and economic recovery – it is now up to them to deliver it.”