The House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee has launched a probe into whether the UK will hit its 2020 renewable energy targets for heat and transport.

Under the 2009 European Union Renewable Energy Directive, the UK is required to generate 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

The UK Government aims to achieve this target by generating 30% of electricity, 12% of heat and 10% of transport from alternative sources.

The deadline for written submissions to the committee’s consultation is on 18 April.

‘Priority areas’

The committee said: “While progress towards the share of renewable electricity is on track, concerns have been raised regarding progress in renewable heat and transport, and the Committee on Climate Change has warned that the Government’s ambitions may no longer be achievable.

“Moreover, some research has suggested that renewable transport fuels may cause more carbon emissions than they save.

“Low-carbon heat and the decarbonisation of transport were two issues that stakeholders raised with us over the past year as priority areas that need to be scrutinised during the course of this parliament.”

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