Why is renewable energy essential for the future?
Global climate change is likely to entail significant social, environmental and economic costs. The production of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, is contributing to climate change. The effects of climate change include rising sea levels and increased frequency of extreme weather events which can impact on key eco-systems upon which we all depend.
UK Climate Change Policy
The Government is committed to delivering 15% of all energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. To achieve this, a substantial amount of electricity (30%) needs to be generated from renewable sources.
The UK is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to combat climate change. Emissions can be reduced through the more efficient use of energy and by generating electricity from sustainable and renewable sources, such as wind energy and solar.
With many nuclear and coal power stations built in the 1970s and 80s coming to the end of their operational lives in the next few years due to age and new restrictions on emissions, there is a need to implement low carbon ways of generating electricity to meet the country's ever growing energy demands.