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REA issues clean tech 'manifesto'

Industry body outlines wish list for next UK government

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The Renewable Energy Association has set its vision for the next UK government to lead clean technology development in a post-Brexit world.

The REA announced the 'manifesto for growth’ at the All-Energy conference in Glasgow today.

It called on the next UK government to recommit support for the Climate Change Act and the upcoming carbon budgets to give businesses the confidence to invest for the long-term.

The government should also commit to publishing a comprehensive clean growth plan by this year’s autumn statement.

The plans should lay out “clear pathways" to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets so that "renewable energy and clean technology businesses and investors can have the clarity they need to build new low-carbon infrastructure”.

All EU energy and environmental regulations should be transposed into UK law at the point of departure from the EU. 

REA chief executive Nina Skorupska said: “The past two years have seen my members rocked by policy change after policy change, and uncertainty following the Brexit vote.

“From renewable heat, solar, biomass, biogas, marine- we have not seen a member unaffected. But we now have to put that behind us and push forward.

“Our manifesto for growth is about creating certainty and confidence, a fresh commitment to the Climate Change Act, a smooth and orderly transition from the EU; and a clear and ambitious clean growth plan which we hope will show a post-Brexit Britain as a dynamic and bold country looking at the opportunities of renewables, not clinging to the industries of the past.”

Image: REA's Nina Skorupska

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