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UK renewable targets are achievable, say Government advisers

Britain can meet its EU renewable energy target if it invests in energy sources such as biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plants and solid recovered fuels, according to the Governments renewable advisers.

In a report entitled 2020 vision; how the UK can meet its target of 15% renewable energy, The Renewables Advisory Board (RAB), made up of senior figures across the industry, says that the UK could generate 14% of its total energy from renewables by 2020.The EU has set Britain a target of achieving 15% renewable energy by then.

The EU target applies to all energy sources and the board believes that 1.3% of bulk energy can come from biomass with waste derived solid recovered fuels by 2020. It also says that biomass CHP plants will contribute 0.9% to the 15% target.

To reach the 15% figure the board suggests that the Government could increase energy production from sources such as biomass CHP and biomass boilers.

Other renewable technologies are expected to provide a total of 0.6% of UK energy. These include landfill gas, anaerobic digesters and wave and tidal energy.

The report concludes that the 2020 target of 15% UK energy from renewables is achievable through significant but radical policy change.

RAB co-chairman Alan Moore said: If the 15% target is to be approached we need to establish a different energy world. Many of these changes will need to be radical and will require, above all else, political leadership and a determination to succeed.

Industry and commerce themselves stand ready to deliver but, as ever in the renewables industry, the greatest investment risk is seen as political risk. Investors need to be confident that Government is determined to achieve its own targets.

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