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MPs call for evidence on renewable heat targets

MPs monitoring the work of the climate change department are to hold an inquiry into the challenges facing the UK in meeting 2020 renewable energy targets for heat and transport.

A call for evidence has been launched by the Energy and Climate Change Committee with a deadline of 18 April.

The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive sets a target for the UK to achieve 15% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

The Government is looking to achieve this by ensuring that 30% of electricity, 12% of heat and 10% of transport demand are met in this way.

The Committee says: “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 has warned that the Government’s ambitions may no longer be achievable.”

The call for evidence says that low-carbon heat and the decarbonisation of transport were two issues that stakeholders considered to be priority areas needing scrutiny during the course of this Parliament

The Committee has invited responses of no more than 3,000 words to any or all of the following issues:

  • Does the Government have the right policies in place to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets in the heat and transport sectors and, if not, where are policies missing or inadequate?
  • How could a whole systems approach across the power, heat and transport sectors be utilised to ensure the 2020 targets are met?
  • To what extent is electrification of heat and transport a viable approach up to 2020 and beyond?
  • What are the challenges (regulatory, technological, behavioural, and others) to decarbonising heat and transport over the longer-term and how might these be overcome?


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