RenUK say wind can be more ambitious

Responding to today’s Committee on Climate Change report, RenewableUK has criticised its lack of ambition. The report has, on the whole, received support from the renewable industry, as it recommends […]

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By Tom Gibson

Responding to today’s Committee on Climate Change report, RenewableUK has criticised its lack of ambition.

The report has, on the whole, received support from the renewable industry, as it recommends increasing the share of renewable energy to 40% by 2030. However, the report does say: “If a set of alternative options can be found to meet the EU renewable energy target, then offshore wind ambition in 2020 could be moderated.”

In a statement released today, RenewableUK called for greater support to the offshore industry, claiming the technology most likely to deliver in the time frame and on the scale required.

Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, said: “An unambitious target could scare off investors just when they have pledged so much commitment in establishing UK factories. This in turn could stymie delivery of targets and prevent the creation of up to 50,000 jobs in offshore wind over the next decade.”

The report also recommended using nuclear while it is a cheap option which attracted criticism from Friends of the Earth. Earlier today the Renewable Energy Association voiced concerns over the committee’s “narrow” approach.

Ms McCaffery added: “The current 2020 target for offshore wind is already below what the industry can deliver. Back-tracking on the target even further makes no sense: the UK’s world leading offshore sector needs confidence, not doubt and prevarication.”

RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries.