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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • Key things to bear in mind if you are developing an AD plant- REA Briefing

    Key things to bear in mind if you are developing an AD plant- REA Briefing

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  • 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.

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  • REA Bioenergy Strategy: Phase 2

    REA Bioenergy Strategy: Phase 2

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  • Meeting Net-Zero GHG not possible without Bioenergy

    A new report from the UK’s leading renewable trade association has found that the sustainable use of bioenergy is core to the UK meeting its legally binding 5th Carbon Budget. By increasing its deployment by a factor of 2.5 by 2032, sustainable bioenergy, which is currently the UK’s leading source of renewable energy, has the potential to meet both the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) projected shortfall of the 5th Carbon Budget and the impending nuclear gap by providing an additional 117 TWh across heat, transport and power.

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  • Bioenergy: the key to unlocking a low carbon future?

    Having spent a large part of my career intermingling in numerous bioenergy circles, it has become clear that the lack of an all-encompassing bioenergy bible (so to speak) has become a hindrance to the progression of the technologies it comprises of.

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  • First do no harm

    Sitting on the board of Women in Science and Engineering, it’s been my passionate hope that we can inspire a new generation of young women to take on the mantle and find solutions to the biggest problem we face in the world-climate change. Yet I never thought a 16 year old girl with her simple, clear and no holds barred message would inspire me so much in return. On the other end of the scale, a 92 year old is hoping to do for climate change what he did for the plastics debate over a year ago.

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  • CCC confirm that the fall in the cost of renewables will enable ‘net zero’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) publish their long awaited report on setting the UK’s long-term emissions targets. The report highlights that the significant decline in renewable energy costs makes this more ambitious target more affordable. REA support report but argue that to secure economic advantages of being a first mover, long-term investable policy is required.

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  • REA Discussion Paper on future support for green low carbon gas

    REA Discussion Paper on future support for green low carbon gas

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  • REA Bioenergy Strategy: Phase 1

    REA Bioenergy Strategy: Phase 1

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  • REA Welcomes Government’s proposals to reform waste system

    Earlier today the Government announced their plans to overhaul the waste system through a series of consultations. The four consultations focus on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system, consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections in England, introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and introducing a tax on plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content.This comes exactly two months after the Resource and Waste Strategy was published promising to introduce mandatory food waste collections by 2023.

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  • DfT consultation on RFNBO Hydrogen

    REA Response to DfT consultation on RFNBO Hydrogen

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  • REA launches bioenergy review with new Call for Evidence

    The REA has launched a far-reaching review into the future of bioenergy in the UK. Bioenergy is energy generated from bio-based fuels, such as wood pellets and biodiesel. The review comes shortly after the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) estimated bioenergy’s contribution to UK total energy could more than double by 2050. The International Energy Agency (IEA) described bioenergy as ‘the overlooked giant of renewables’. The review is expected to form a new policy strategy for government and industry, outlining how bioenergy can fulfil its long-term potential in a low-carbon energy mix..

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  • REA response to Clean Air Strategy

    Government have today released the Clean Air Strategy. This follows on from a draft proposal and consultation in May 2018. Whilst the REA welcome the ambitions of the Clean Air Strategy, we urge the Government to commit to strong sector specific policies and take into account contemporary evidence on the role of bioenergy in meeting carbon targets. The REA urge the Government to focus on alternative courses of action to improve urban air quality through the uptake of electric vehicles and renewable transport fuels. 

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  • Trial in-vessel composting of compostable packaging

    ORG trials using EN13432 compostable packaging

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  • Concern over lack of support for renewable energy industry in Autumn Budget

    The Autumn Budget is a missed opportunity for the Government to show their support to the renewable energy deployment and clean growth.

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  • Welsh Government Consultation – Achieving our low-carbon pathway to 2030

    REA response to Welsh Government Consultation – Achieving our low-carbon pathway to 2030

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  • REA comments on the Co-op’s ban on single-use plastic bags in over 1000 stores

    The REA welcomes the Co-op’s decision to replace single-use plastic bags with ‘compostable bags’. This is part of their ethical strategy due to launch this week that also includes promises such as introducing easily recyclable own-brand packaging by 2021. The scheme will initially be introduced to the almost 1400 stores which are based in areas where Local Authorities accept the ‘compostable bags’ as part of their food waste recycling. As the compostable bags can be used as kitchen caddies and food bin liners, the introduction of the scheme is expected to result in a significant reduction in the amount of plastic going to composting facilities.

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  •  REA comments on Labour conference commitment towards renewables

    The REA comments on the need for continued Governmental support in order to reach climate targets and progress renewable energy use.

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