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‘Highest monthly market share on record’ for Battery Electric Vehicles

SMMT reports surge in sales for Battery Electric Vehicles in the UK in July 2019 (over July 2018) – up 158.1%. Battery Electric Vehicles now comprise 1.4% of new car sales (in July 2019)REA comment on the figures.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jul 31, 2019

REA targets plastics in garden waste following 90% slash in plastic bag sales

The Government has today announced that the sale of single-use plastic bags from the largest retailers have fallen 90% following the introduction of the 5p charge on single use carrier bags in 2015.

BLOG - Jul 30, 2019

Guest post: Navigating the EV revolution

Negative emissions (sometimes also referred to as Greenhouse Gas Removals or GGRs) are achieved when we remove carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jul 23, 2019

REA calls upon new Government to honour net zero commitments

Coming into this role, Boris Johnson has a lot of work ahead of him, from appointing the new cabinet to working towards Brexit, the next few months are set to be full steam ahead. However, in this time it is crucial that the UK’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 does not slip. In order to achieve our legally binding targets and rectify the policy gap highlighted in the Committee on Climate Change’s recent progress report; a far-reaching, long-term and bold approach to policy making. 

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jul 22, 2019

Industry progress on the sustainability of UCO and other wastes for biodiesel production

The UK is one of the most successful European countries in utilising wastes for biofuels as a replacement for fossil fuels in our road vehicles. As a direct result of UK policy, significant investments have been made here to manufacture biodiesel from all sorts of wastes, from used cooking oils to sewage grease (‘fatbergs’) and many others in between that often otherwise end up in landfills.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jul 19, 2019

Matt Western MP elected as new chair of the APPG on Electric Vehicles

Matt Western MP has been elected as the new Chair of the APPG on Electric Vehicles (EVs) following an election held on Monday 15th July. Former Chair Rebecca Pow MP announced that she would be stepping down from the position last month following her new role as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jul 11, 2019

REA Comments on National Grid ESO’s Future Energy Scenarios

Today the National Grid ESO, with their latest Future Energy Scenarios, has reemphasised the scale of the transformation needed to decarbonise our power, heating and transport sectors to meet our 2050 decarbonisation targets.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jul 10, 2019

REA comments on CCC Progress Report

“Today’s CCC progress report must be the starting gun for Government to get on and deliver the UK’s legally binding ambitions to have net zero emissions by 2050. The report reflects the status of renewable and clean tech markets today, with a dearth of polices constraining the pipeline of power, heat and transport projects needed to deliver immediate carbon reductions.

What’s more this policy gap is currently expected to grow, support for renewable heat technologies – under the RHI – is set to come to an end in 2021, transport targets continue to lack sufficient ambition and some of the cheapest renewable power technologies lack a viable route to market. This current stasis puts supply chains and jobs at risk, while also slowing innovation which will be crucial to further decarbonisation in the future.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 25, 2019

BECCS critical to achieving a net zero Britain

The REA has today launched a new paper calling for action to be taken to ensure BECCS fulfils its potential in achieving a net zero Britain by 2050.The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has stated that achieving net zero is not possible without a range of greenhouse gas removal strategies. BECCS, the capture and permanent storage of CO2 released in bioenergy processes, has a central role to play within this.BECCS is already a prominent concept in the climate change debate due to its capacity to provide ‘negative emissions, a net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, compensating for slower emission reductions in hard to decarbonise sectors.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 24, 2019

Smart EV charging good for decarbonisation and the electricity system

REA comments on Government press release highlighting how all new grant-funded home chargepoints need to be ‘smart’ by 1 July.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 24, 2019

Solar & battery storage tax hike legislation laid on same day as Net Zero debate

Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and challenger renewable energy supplier Good Energy are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to rescind legislation laid today that will increase VAT rates on solar PV with battery storage, and on biomass boilers. 

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 20, 2019

REA welcomes Energy Networks Association’s six steps for delivering flexibility services report

Today the Energy Networks Association (ENA) published their report: Building a more efficient, smarter, cleaner energy system: Our six steps for delivering flexibility services.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 18, 2019

REA welcomes the news that the UK will likely be hosting COP26

The Government has today announced that the UK and Italy have issued a joint proposal for the Presidency of the UN’s 26th climate change conferenceIf successful the UK would be hosting the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) event in the UK with Italy hosting the pre-COP event.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 17, 2019

REA welcomes the Mayor of London’s electric vehicle infrastructure plan

Earlier this morning the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched the London electric vehicle infrastructure delivery plan. The plan outlines the mayor’s plans to expand London’s electric vehicle charging network and bring forward the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles in London from 2040 to 2030.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 12, 2019

Renewable energy industry celebrates another record breaking year at prestigious awards ceremony

The winners of the annual British Renewable Energy Awards were announced last night at the InterContinental Hotel in London.The annual awards ceremony is the industry’s most prestigious event and celebrates the most outstanding projects and companies of the past year.The REA congratulates all those nominated, shortlisted, ‘highly-commended’ and the winners of this year’s Awards. This year’s ceremony was sponsored by National Grid ESO.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 12, 2019

REA welcomes decision to legislate for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

The UK Government has confirmed that they will be adopting the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation for net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. Secondary legislation is due to be introduced shortly.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 11, 2019

REA welcomes report claiming E10 could save public £100 million in a year

The All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol published its Interim Report today calling for the UK to join other developed countries including Germany, Belgium, France, Finland and the US and move to E10 petrol.The report has found that immediately introducing E10 could save motorists £100 million in 2020. The greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirement for fuels which is currently set at 4% in 2019 is due to rise to 6% in 2020. Introducing E10 could reduce the impact of this challenge, which is most likely to be passed down to motorists in fuel prices, by £100 million.

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES - Jun 10, 2019

Government confirms details and timeline for a Smart Export Guarantee

Government will legislate for a Smart Export Guarantee – mandating most electricity suppliers to offer a tariff that pays homes and businesses exporting renewable electricity by 31st December 2019. REA welcomes this positive step towards a more decarbonised, local, and cheaper power system. Industry concern over lack of ambition in zero-minimum price and no contract length, in addition to delay in introduction following the closure of the Feed in Tariff. Industry supportive of ensuring the policy is linked to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, and that mechanisms are in place to review the scheme should it become apparent that generators cannot access competitive tariffs.