- REA’s ‘Strategy for Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies’ has been published, producing a green pathway that outlines the measures that need to be taken to deliver net zero and support the UK’s economic recovery
- Key targets include:
- By the end of 2022, more than 50% of electricity generation will be provided by renewables – this figure will reach 100% by 2032
- Majority of energy demand for the heat and transport sectors could be met from renewable and clean technologies by 2035
- All bio-waste could be either separated and recycled at source or collected separately by the end of 2023
- 200,000 new jobs could be created in the renewable energy and clean technology sector by 2035.
The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) have unveiled their ‘green recovery pathway’ which will accelerate the drive to net zero and provide thousands of new jobs.
Launching the ‘Strategy for Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies’, REA’s CEO, Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, said that, ‘the change required over the next three decades is on a par to that experienced during the industrial revolution.’
Key targets within the Strategy include:
- By the end of 2022, more than 50% of electricity generation will be provided by renewables – this figure will reach 100% by 2032;
- Majority of energy demand for the heat and transport sectors could be met from renewable and clean technologies by 2035;
- All bio-waste could be either separated and recycled at source or collected separately by the end of 2023.
However, the REA say that, in order for these targets to be met, a number of barriers will have to be removed. For the green industry to thrive, it needs a clear route to market, a fit for purpose grid network and a wide mix of technologies.
The Strategy also reiterates the economic benefits on offer from renewable energy and clean technology, with 200,000 new jobs in the sector being created by 2035 should the government provide the right support.
Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA), said:
“The UK’s energy system is in the midst of the largest transformation for generations, moving towards the legally-binding 2050 Net Zero target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The change required over the next three decades is on a par to that experienced during the industrial revolution; affecting people’s homes, businesses and the very fabric of the nation.
“With COP26 on the horizon, the government has an opportunity to make a bold statement – this Strategy not only sets out several necessary and achievable targets, but it also provides the solutions to removing the barriers which could prevent those targets being met.
“It is now abundantly clear that the argument of an ‘either/or’ choice between tackling climate change and providing an economic boost is over. Support for the renewable energy and clean technology sector will not only help the government reach its net zero ambitions, but it could deliver hundreds of thousands of new jobs and return billions of pounds worth of investment too.
“Our Strategy offers government the pathway to net zero and economic recovery – it is now up to them to deliver it.”
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The REA’s Strategy for Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies can be found here.
Forecasted Employment figures for UK 2035*
|Forecasted Employment figures for UK 2035||Growth 2018 – 2035|
|Regions||Wave & Tidal||Hydro||Biomass Boilers/Fuel||Bioenergy (other, inc. EfW)||Solar||Wind||Heat Pumps||Total Bio (2035)||Total non-Bio (2035)||Total jobs (2035)||Total job increase|
|North East England||96||548||1679||3486||1531||4245||934||5165||7355||12520||7427|
|North West England||206||1067||4454||6642||3380||13029||2436||11097||20118||31215||18517|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||167||855||2055||4413||2188||7975||1731||6468||12916||19383||11498|
|South West England||179||973||4236||5836||1920||7225||1699||10072||11996||22068||13091|
|South East England||206||1829||5253||10725||4860||17294||1984||15979||26173||42152||25005|
|East of England||229||1389||5187||6795||2861||6219||1979||11982||12677||24659||14628|
*Data is based on forecasts from the REview 2020 report, including the two separate REA reports: REA Bioenergy Strategy, and Bloomberg’s Flexibility Solutions for High Renewable Energy Systems. “Bio” technologies include Biomass Boilers and Bioenergy; “non-Bio” technologies are all other technologies included in the table.
The forecasted total employment figures for 2035 are based on the application of Compound Annual Growth Rates of forecasts made in the REA Bioenergy Strategy and the Bloomberg Flexibility Solutions papers to the 2018 employment figures. The CAGRs used are divided by Bio technologies and non-Bio technologies. The 2035 employment figures distributed by country, region, and technology are based on the application of the 2018 employment figure distributions to the total 2035 employment forecasts.
About the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA)
The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (known as the REA) is the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies with around 550 members operating across heat, transport, power and the Circular Economy. The REA is a not-for-profit organisation representing fourteen sectors, ranging from biogas and renewable fuels to solar and electric vehicle charging. Membership ranges from major multinationals to sole traders.
For more information, visit: www.r-e-a.net