Government urged to bring renewables into industrial strategy

18 April 2017

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Government is being urged by Renewable UK, the professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables sector, to make wind, wave and tidal energy key parts of its new industrial strategy. In its response to the Government’s consultation on the Strategy, the organisation's new document shows how these technologies can meet the challenge of providing affordable energy and clean growth.

It demonstrates that these industries are already providing major economic benefits to UK regions, including in areas with relatively low GVA needing new opportunities. It also shows that renewable energy offers a growing export market in manufacturing and services and that the UK is in a strong position to secure high-value contracts.

RenewableUK has also sent a joint letter, with five other trade associations, to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, urging the Government to embrace a wide range of renewable technologies in its Industrial Strategy. The letter states that “low carbon sources are now the low-cost energy option — with cost reductions more akin to those seen in electronics than traditional infrastructure.”

The signatories to the letter are: RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, the Renewable Energy Association, the Solar Trade Association, Regen, and the Electricity Storage Network.

Key technologies

RenewableUK’s Executive Director, Emma Pinchbeck, said: “It’s important that industries in the renewable energy sector work together in initiatives like this to make a joint case to Government demonstrating that low-carbon power is the way ahead. RenewableUK’s full response to the Industrial Strategy, which we’ve just submitted to Government, amplifies this with data and case studies. It shows that onshore and offshore wind, wave and tidal energy are key technologies, already delivering for Britain, and ready to power our country for decades with the right framework of support.

"Wind and marine energy tick all the boxes set out in the Industrial Strategy. These are innovative industries, growing exponentially, bringing economic benefits to all energy consumers, as well as creating thousands of jobs and attracting billions in investment."

Speaking of the joint letter, Scottish Renewables Director of Policy, Jenny Hogan, said: "Renewable energy is now a huge global industry and we can be proud that Britain is a key player. Capitalising on our enviable natural resources and energy expertise the sector in Scotland is already producing remarkable industrial benefits, providing affordable energy and clean growth to the UK economy. With the right backing from Government, renewable energy can continue to be the driver of our growing low-carbon economy for generations to come.”



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