Although steady progress is being made in the decarbonisation of the UK’s energy supply it will fall short of the Government’s ambitions without additional investment and policy support, an industry body has warned.
The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA), said the sector is being “shackled” by reductions in tariff support and gaps in Government policy.
The report said that in 2019, 12.3% of the UK’s energy consumption came from renewable sources. Although this exceeds the interim target set for this period, it warned it is unlikely the UK will meet the 15% target for 2020 set before Brexit, based on recent growth rates.
Areas where urgent action is needed include renewable heat where the REA said the reduction of tariff rates under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and “large gaps” in Government heat decarbonisation policy have stunted growth of technologies. In its latest annual review of the industry’s progress, it also said faster action is needed on green job creation.
Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO of the REA, said: “If the Government is serious about reaching their Net Zero ambitions, and about ‘levelling up’, they need to back our sector, remove the barriers preventing the growth of our technologies and help us deliver new jobs and investment. 2021, the year the UK is hosting COP26, must be a watershed moment. The time for rhetoric is over, we need to see action.”