Paris Deal? What Paris Deal? Britain Set To Miss Legally Binding Green Energy Target

  • Date: 09/09/16
  • Sky News

Britain is set to miss its legally binding renewable energy targets by the end of the decade, MPs have warned.

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The UK has a target to meet 15% of its energy needs from green sources by 2020, including 30% of electricity, 12% of heat and 10% in transport.

The electricity sector is on course to meet its expected contribution to the target but energy used in transport and for heating homes and buildings is well behind what is needed, a report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee said.

Committee chairman Angus MacNeil 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.”

Ministers must raise the cap for the percentage of transport fuels coming from biofuels, and consider reintroducing a system of vehicle excise duties which restores incentives for electric cars and other ultra-low emissions vehicles, the report said.

The renewable target is a legally binding commitment set by the European Commission.

Britain could be fined by the Commission if it misses the target, although Britain’s decision earlier this year to leave the EU means the status of such targets is unclear.

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