Renewable Energy Targets
The Renewable Energy Strategy consultation was held between 26 June 2008 and 26 September 2008. It sought views on how to drive up the use of renewable energy in the UK as part of the overall strategy for tackling climate change and to meet the Department of Energy and Climate Change share of the EU target to source 20% of the EU's energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Responses to this consultation are helping to shape the UK Renewable Energy Strategy, and how the UK plans to meet its 15% share of the target.
Download UK Renewable Energy Strategy: Consultation Document PDF from Department of Energy and Climate Change
Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change
Government Low Carbon Targets
On the 15th July 2009, Ed Milliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, announced the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, detailing proposals to move the UK onto a low carbon footing and how the UK will meet cuts in emissions.
The report states the following:
The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan plots out how the UK will meet the cut in emissions set out in the budget of 34% on 1990 levels by 2020. A 21% reduction has already been delivered – equivalent to cutting emissions entirely from four cities the size of London.
Transforming the country into a cleaner, greener and more prosperous place to live is at the heart of our economic plans for Building Britain’s Future and ensuring the UK is ready to take advantage of the opportunities ahead. By 2020:
- More than 1.2 million people will be in green jobs
- 7 million homes will have benefited from whole house makeovers, and more than 1.5 million households will be supported to produce their own clean energy
- 40% of electricity will be from low carbon sources, from renewables, nuclear and clean coal
- The UK will be importing half the amount of gas that we otherwise would
- The average new car will emit 40% less carbon than now.
To see the full article and to download the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan please click here