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Renewable Energy Association launches manifesto

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called for greater policy certainty to support the development of renewable energy technologies, ahead of the general election next year.

The REA ‘manifesto’ contains a series of recommendations on actions the next government should take to hit its 2020 target for 15% of energy generated from renewable sources.

“From clean power infrastructure to zero carbon homes and from heat networks to sustainable transport, this is the most comprehensive guide a government could wish for if they’re seeking to maximise the value of this young, vibrant and innovative industry,” said chief executive Nina Skorupska.

The manifesto includes a series of proposals on energy-from-waste (EfW) generation, such as:

  • increasing support for EfW developments as part of the electricity market reform
  • monitoring the export of Refuse Derived Fuel and provide incentives for gasification technology to ensure the materials remains available for energy production in the UK
  • banning the use of landfill for organic waste
  • supporting biomass conversion with sufficient funding allocated to the Contracts for Difference subsidy regime
  • adopting a “more strategic approach” to residual commercial and industrial waste to ensure they are available as feedstock for EfW plants
  • empowering local authorities to play a key part in a national renewable energy strategy

The association said that a common theme across all sectors was the need for “clear, stable policy”, which coupled with more ambitious plans could help the UK increase its production of clean energy as well as creating job opportunities and economic growth.

Energy and climate change secretary and Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey said: “The Liberal Democrats are looking ahead to a greener and reformed energy market, which benefits the consumer and puts the environment first.

 “Pioneering work by the Renewable Energy Association’s members is vital to achieving these goals.”

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