• 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
Scotland 199 892 4848 5910 2397 10779 1187 10757 15455 26212 15549
Northern Ireland 64 811 1394 2547 1237 5841 973 3941 8926 12867 7633
Wales 120 585 2040 2682 2586 4646 1308 4722 9246 13968 8286
England 1588 12331 38558 60343 36119 93645 21306 98901 164989 263890 156542
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
East Midlands 111 1485 4007 4872 2952 10566 1804 8879 16918 25797 15303
West Midlands 165 1632 4838 5703 4248 9541 1635 10541 17220 27761 16468
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
Greater London 229 2552 6849 11871 12178 17552 7104 18720 39615 58335 34605
Total 1972 14619 46840 71481 42339 114912 24774 118321 198615 316937 188010

*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