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Politicians challenged by renewable energy bodies

A group of renewable energy trade bodies has set six key challenges for political parties ahead of the General Election.

The group, which is made up of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, the British Hydropower Association, the British Photovoltaic Association, the Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and the Solar Trade Association, has launched a renewables manifesto statement and campaign hosted on the Action for Renewables website.

The group has set out six key tests for the next Government, and the public are being encouraged to contact party leaders to ask them to take the principles into the election:

  • Support the Climate Change Act to meet UK carbon commitments and back global efforts to tackle climate change.
  • Set a renewables target for 2030 of 30% of UK energy.
  • Back the Independent Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation for a binding target for low carbon electricity by 2030.
  • Fund the Renewable Heat Incentive for new applications after 2016.
  • Boost the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to reach the 10% renewable energy target for transport by 2020.
  • Reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to ensure all sectors are accountable for the polluting cost of carbon emissions.

Tony Juniper, chair of Action for Renewables, said: “The renewable energy bodies have come together with clear and simple propositions. We need consistent and strong backing for renewable energy, not only to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change, but also to harness the opportunities for growth and jobs and reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuel imports from insecure parts of the world.

“A range of technologies have important roles to play and I hope voters will contact party leaders and ask them to support our manifesto because none of these technologies can flourish without political backing”.

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