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Government must support all renewables to hit EU targets

Calls for the Government to support all forms of renewable energy to meet EU energy targets has come from a House of Lords committee.

The European Union Committee examined the challenges facing the UK in achieving 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. It said that the drive to meet the targets may lead to emerging renewable technologies being neglected and investment may not be aimed at the most cost effective renewable generation technologies over the long term.

To minimise the risk of the UK becoming reliant on wind power the Government must ensure that other technologies receive the policy support needed to bring them to commercial viability as quickly as possible, the committee added.

Waste management company Global Renewables managing director David Singh said: "We believe the Government is missing an opportunity to benefit from the energy contained in household and commercial organic waste. By harnessing this energy using proven recovery methods such as anaerobic digestion, 360MW of electrical generation capacity can be created.

"This represents 7.8% of the UK's renewable energy target for 2010 - a sizeable input given the target of achieving 15% of energy from renewables by 2020."

Image: Anaerobic digestion could help the UK hit EU renewables targets


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