UK ‘must maintain climate change commitments’

A renewable energy industry body has said the UK must maintain its commitments to climate change targets. Scottish Renewables’ manifesto, launched ahead of the general election next month, details how […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A renewable energy industry body has said the UK must maintain its commitments to climate change targets.

Scottish Renewables’ manifesto, launched ahead of the general election next month, details how it thinks the government can best ensure affordable energy and clean growth in the future.

It highlights the importance of unlocking investment in the lowest-cost forms of energy, supporting the growth of under-established green technologies and accelerating the decarbonisation of heat and transport.

It also wants the government to help local communities benefit from sustainable growth and to deliver a smarter energy system by supporting research and innovation.

The membership organisation represents around 270 individuals and businesses working in the renewable energy sector in Scotland.

Scottish Renewables’ Chief Executive Officer, Niall Stuart, said: “Advances in technology and rapid cost reductions mean that our industry can generate further economic and environmental benefit to Scotland and the UK – providing affordable energy for households and business and driving clean growth across the country.

“However, we will only realise those benefits with the right policy framework to unlock the investment, research and innovation required to deliver a secure, modern and low carbon energy system.”

RenewableUK says the government must keep consumer energy bills down by investing in domestic, affordable, low carbon power.

The Renewable Energy Association says the UK can become a leader in numerous low carbon sectors.