Renewables industry unifies around key tests for next UK Government

September 7th, 2014 by RenewableUK

The photovoltaic panels on Blackfriars bridge had produced 1.35 GWh of electricity in 2014 up to 22 June 2014. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The photovoltaic panels on Blackfriars bridge across the Thames in London had produced 1.35 GWh of electricity in 2014 up to 22 June 2014. (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Leading UK renewable energy trade bodies have come together to launch “key tests” for the UK political parties ahead of the next UK general election.

The grouping, which includes ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association), the British Photovoltaic Association, the Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, and the Solar Trade Association, has launched a renewables manifesto statement and campaign hosted on the Action for Renewables website.

Action for Renewables encourages public support for more renewable energy and is chaired by leading environmentalist Dr Tony Juniper.

Renewable energy provides 15% of Britain’s power today and is set to provide nearly a third by 2020.

Renewables are based on new and exciting technologies that are steadily getting cheaper for consumers.

Whether through gas shocks from Russia or oil shocks from the Middle East, renewable energy will protect British businesses and consumers.

The trade bodies have set out six key tests for the next UK Government, and a campaign has been launched encouraging members of the public to write to the different party leaders to encourage them to take forward the principles into the UK General Election.

The six key tests laid out by the grouping are:

Tony Juniper, Chair of Action for Renewables, and former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, said “the renewable energy bodies have come together with clear and simple propositions.”

“We need consistent and strong backing for renewable energy, not only to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change, but also to harness the opportunities for growth and jobs and reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuel imports from insecure parts of the world.”

“A range of technologies have important roles to play and I hope UK voters will contact Party Leaders and ask them to support out manifesto because none of these technologies can flourish without political backing,” he said.

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