Monday, 29 June 2015

Compare UK and German Renewable Energy Policies.

Each day seems to bring another nail in the coffin for renewable energy production in the UK, but you wouldn't think so reading the papers.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said recently: “The UK is making good progress towards the EU 2020 target on renewables. The UK has come a long way already; in 2005 1.4% of energy was from renewable sources, for 2013 5.1% of energy was from renewable sources.
That sounds pretty good doesn’t it. But the European commission has said the UK, France and Netherlands are set to miss a key EU renewable energy target and should review their policies to get back on track.



So who’s telling the truth?
The UK’s share of energy from renewable sources – which includes heating as well as electricity – was 5.1% for 2013. Britain must source 20% of energy from renewables by 2020.
Is it likely that the UK will reach its legally binding target of generating 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020?

The reality seems NO.

The Conservative government seems to be “fundamentally dishonest” over its support for renewable energy and the reasoning behind subsidy cuts for solar and wind power.

Fracking and nuclear power seems to form the basis of their energy policy, neither of which can claim to be environmentally friendly.

Yet David Cameron regularly stated his determination to lead the “greenest government ever”. In a four minute speech at the Department of Energy and Climate Change in May 2010, he pledged a “new way of doing climate change”, asserting that “nowhere are long-term decisions more needed than actually in the fields of energy and climate change and environment."
He added: “We've got a real opportunity to drive the green economy to have green jobs, and make sure we have our share of the industries of the future."  
But in October 2013 he told the House of Commons he wanted to “roll back” the green levies which add an average £112 a year to households' energy bills to fund renewable power subsidies and programmes to insulate homes.

The Prime Minister had revealed his agenda by instructed his aides to “get rid of all the green crap” in relation to green levies.



Contrast the UK’s policy for renewable energy with Germany’s. The German government has announced it will close all nuclear power plants by 2022.
The Germany public actively support energy transition, or Energiewende as it is known domestically. This is a long-term plan to slash carbon emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy. Germany hopes to generate at least 35 percent of its electricity from green sources by 2020; by 2050, the renewables share is planned to surpass 80 percent.

German Energy Production 2013 v 2014
We must all take some of the blame for successive governments failure to implement change. Politicians know that green issues are not high on the electorates agenda. 






Icarus 
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