MPs have warned the Government that if the UK continues as it is, the UK will fail to achieved its 2020 renewable energy targets.
The obligation is to provide at least 15% of its energy demand from renewable sources. This is set into three sections: 30% in electricity, 12% in heat and 10% in transport. The only section the UK is on target to achieve is the electricity section, where they are currently over 75% of the way.
Energy and Climate Change Committee Chair Angus MacNeil MP said:
“The experts we spoke to were clear: the UK will miss its 2020 renewable energy targets without major policy improvements. Failing to meet these would damage the UK’s reputation for climate change leadership. The Government must take urgent action on heat and transport to renew its efforts on decarbonisation.”
The renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) have been advised they could be improved. It is said, Biomethane is crucial to meeting 2020 targets and must remain a funding priority, also heat pumps have proven to be unsatisfactory yet they are still being prioritised over biomass. The Energy and Climate Change Committee have stated these recommendations need to be raised sooner rather than later.
2020 renewable heat and transport targets; second report of session 2016/17