The REA has published a report setting out renewable energy and clean technology stimulus policies that will achieve a fair and inclusive economic recovery in line with our legally binding Net Zero targets.
The report, published in the same week that the Government announced the first stage of the UK economic recovery, advocates for an economic recovery rooted in green stimulus packages and policies. Addressing demands for immediate action as well as the need for longer term initiatives, the report sets out a variety of timely and costed policies. This includes those designed to bear fruit within 12-18 months as well as longer term options taking place over 18-36 months. The full report is available here.
Ahead of the Chancellor’s forthcoming stimulus package next week, the REA is calling on the Government to prioritise;
- low-carbon power and heat generation in new homes and retrofit energy efficiency measure into existing homes, as well as more funding for regular CfD auctions for clean electricity
- reform the tax system to enable the low-carbon transition, particularly Business Rates and VAT,
- And fund Local Authorities to take actions locally to meet Net-Zero by upgrading local Government buildings estates, such as schools, offices, hospitals and care homes and make the transition to a Circular economy
Creating low-carbon homes and reforming the tax system alone would create 176,000 new jobs, save consumers £270 on bills annually and generate a net value to the UK economy of £7.5 billion – a 50% increase on the £5 billion pledged for the recovery this week.
As the only trade association working across renewable heat, transport, power and the circular economy, the report takes a pan-technology approach to achieving a successful Green Recovery. In doing so, the report is able to identify cross-cutting, high impact policies that are essential to the economic recovery of the UK. These policies, if implemented, would bolster the economy through the creation sophisticated industries and supply chains boasting thousands of highly skilled jobs across the entire of the UK.
Please read the full article here.