UK commitment to renewable energy cast into doubt as the UK is expected to miss 2020 targets

The UK is expected to fail to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets, reveals a new report published by the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

EREC’s report focused on the ‘Keep on Track’ project, of which the UK is a member state. The extensive data published showed that not only was the UK ranked just 25th out of 27th member states based upon its contributions to renewable energy, but that it was the only member state participating in the ‘Keep on Track’ project not to have achieved its first interim target by the close of 2011. In contrast, 21 of the 27 member states, including Austria, Italy and Sweden, achieved their 2012 targets by 2011.

EREC also published its predictions regarding the member states’ future acomplishments. Whilst EREC fully expects Austria, Italy and Sweden to meet their 2020 targets, they hold reservations regarding Bulgaria, Germany, Greece and Portugal’s capacity to meet their 2020 increased renewable energy target. Further down the ladder, Belgium, Poland, Spain and the UK are not at all expected to reach their targets, with EREC predicting they will fall short by a long margin.

Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, EREC’s president, said of the findings: “It’s plain sailing for the 21 member states who have already achieved their 2012 targets in 2011.

“However, there are worrying signs on the horizon as current growth rates are insufficient to meet the 2020 targets. EU Member States should create and implement predictable and stable legislative frameworks for renewable energy sources.”

With recent reductions in lending to renewables projects, as well as the closure of the Renewables Obligation and a significant drop in the amount of attention and money devoted to renewable heat, doubts have been raised as to the UK’s commitment to meeting its targets.

In light of the disappointing results, the Renewable Energy Association (REA, which provides the UK with information from EREC), has called on David Cameron’s government to reaffirm its true and undivided commitment to the “Keep on Track’ project, and to confirm it is dedicated to working hard to meet the UK’s 2020 increased renewable energy targets.

Sources include The Guardian, Oil Price

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