10 May 2011 12:05:10
CCC makes 2030 renewables recommendation
A new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has concluded a renewable energy target of 30 percent by 2030 would be "appropriate".
The Renewable Energy Review, which was commissioned as part of the coalition agreement, suggests there would be scope for a higher target, if renewable energy costs drop and barriers to the deployment of technologies are broken down.
Currently, the UK is aiming to derive 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020.
The European Commission also currently has in place a target for 2020, of 20 percent, however, calls have been made by climate change commissioner Connie Hedegaard has called for these to be extended to 2030.
Lord Adair Turner, chair of the CCC, said renewables will have an "important role" in meeting 2050 climate change targets, alongside carbon capture and storage and nuclear technologies.
"The focus now should be creating a stable investment climate for renewables, making longer-term commitments to support less mature technologies, and putting in place incentives to deliver significantly increased investment in renewable power and heat generation required over the next decade," he concluded.