The UK Government has published an update on progress to source 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. Latest research shows that so far this financial year, companies have announced plans for almost £2.5 billion worth of investment in renewable energy projects in the UK, with the potential to create almost 12,000 jobs across the country.
A separate report to the European Commission on renewable energy progress shows that the UK achieved a 27% increase in renewable energy consumption from 42.6TWh in 2008 to 54TWh in 2010 – representing 3.3% of total energy consumed. The UK has also increased wind generation by 46% from 7TWh in 2008 to 10.2TWh in 2010, and in 2010 achieved 5GW of offshore and onshore wind capacity. The UK has also seen a threefold increase in the use of biofuels in transport from 1% of total road transport fuel supply in 2007/8 to 3.33% in 2010.
“Renewable energy is not just helping us increase our energy security and reduce our emissions. It is supporting jobs and growth across the country, and giving traditional industrial heartlands the opportunity to thrive again,” says Chris Huhne, Energy Secretary. “Our renewable target is less demanding than other EU member states, but the effect is bringing real jobs and investment. I do not want the UK to be left behind by turning our back on the green economy.”