The Bio Energy Experts

UK likely to miss green energy targets – report

November 30, 2010

The foillowing article was recently published by Reuters;

Britain will miss its 2010 goal of making 10 percent of electricity from renewable sources because of government dithering, according to a public accounts committee report published on Tuesday.

It said it was also unlikely to meet its legally-binding European Union target for 2020.

According to a parliamentary public accounts report into funding of renewable energy, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has admitted it will not meet the government’s own target of increasing the share of low-carbon renewable energy in Britain’s electricity supply to 10 percent by the end of 2010.

DECC estimates that over 30 percent of electricity will have to come from renewable sources by 2020 in order to meet the target set by the EU to get 15 percent of all Britain’s energy from renewables by the end of the decade.

But the share of renewables crept slowly up from 2.7 percent in 2000 to just 6.7 percent at the end of 2009, making Britain one of Europe’s worst performing countries for green energy growth and making it very difficult to reach the 2020 goals.

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FiveBarGate Consultants Ltd is not surprised by this report that suggests the UK is taking time to make decisions on how to achieve the Renewable Energy targets. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has commissioned a number of pieces of work to help them understand how to deliver their obligations to Europe. Transport is a key part of the renewable energy target, and the Department for Transport (DfT) has also commissioned a number of pieces of work in this area. FiveBarGate Consultants Ltd has offered support and advice to the DfT via third party project management groups, in order to help DfT understand how biofuels interface into the transport fuel pool.

There remains a great deal of work to do for DECC and DfT to fully understand the markets they need to influence in order to deliver the renewable energy targets robustly, balancing the economic and environmental imperatives. The danger is that there are a range of vested interests working hard to influence DECC and DfT. These include long established energy companies in heat, power and transport as well as environmental interest groups.

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